The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology / Edition 1

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This extraordinary volume addresses the practice of psychology in the context of scientific inquiry, regarding practitioners as "local clinical scientists" and addressing the validity of their methodology through the philosophy of science. Positivistic/empirical, idealist/pragmatic, and socio-cultural/constructionist approaches are all considered by the authors as they discuss such topics as research design, quantitative analysis, the linkage of theory and data, and qualitative analysis. Rigorous and far-sighted, this profound meditative discourse will prove fruitful reading for professionals and academics in the fields of mental health and social work.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Provides a primer on the application of scientific logic to professional psychological practice, demonstrating how scientific reliance on aggregate data can be reconciled with the unique and immediate demands of the clinic. Part I examines the history of the science-practice debate in professional psychology, and Part II looks at issues in the philosophy of science, research design, and quantitative analysis. Part III deals with nontraditional science and scholarship, with chapters on qualitative analysis, and critical thinking and the clinical scientist. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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'Well written, valuable, and provocative...The emphasis on nonpositivist scientific approaches, including qualitative methods, critical thinking and logic, and framework development is particularly valuable.'
Choice, June 1998
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306456541
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/30/1997
  • Series: Nato Science Series B: (closed)
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The History of Scientific Research Training and the Local Clinical Scientist
Ch. 1 The Problem of Integrating Science and Practice 3
Ch. 2 The Local Clinical Scientist 17
Pt. II Extrapolations to Local Science from Traditional Science and Scholarship
Ch. 3 Issues in the Philosophy of Science 37
Ch. 4 Issues in Research Design 69
Ch. 5 Issues in Quantitative Analysis: Foundations 105
Ch. 6 Linking Theory and Data in the Scientific Study of Constructs and Individual Measurements 149
Pt. III Extrapolations to Local Science from Nontraditional Science and Scholarship
Ch. 7 Issues in Qualitative Analysis 177
Ch. 8 Logic, Critical Thinking, and the Local Clinical Scientist 211
Ch. 9 Frameworks for Reflective Practice 259
Ch. 10 Conclusion 283
References 289
Index 301
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