Single-Case Research Designs: Methods for Clinical and Applied Settings / Edition 2

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Single-case research has played an important role in developing and evaluating interventions that are designed to alter a particular facet of human functioning. Now thoroughly updated in its second edition, acclaimed author Alan E. Kazdin's Single-Case Research Designs provides a notable contrast to the quantitative methodology approach that pervades the biological and social sciences. While focusing on widely applicable methodologies for evaluating interventions—such as treatment or psychotherapy using applied behavior analysis—this revised edition also encompasses a broader range of research areas that utilize single-case designs, demonstrating the pertinence of this methodology in various disciplines, from psychology and medicine to business and industry.

This well-written, clear, and thoroughly updated text is ideal for practitioners, instructors, and students alike.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Kazdin's book as written is readable and concise; Kazdin concisely tells the bewildered graduate student exactly what s/he needs to know to conduct single-case research. The book is full of examples that elucidate the text, and it's highly readable. However, it does need updating for the reasons that Kazdin outlined. I am excited about the possibility of having a revised book available. This is a wonderful project, and I look forward to the finished project. I think I can say that I am certain (9-10 on a scale of 10) to adopt this book for my masters' students pursuing their theses.

-M.G. Lancaster, Professor of Counseling and Special Education, Midwestern State University

Many of my students ask me why I require a book published in 1982. My reply has been that it is an excellent book and covers the issues well. What was true in 1982 is still true in 2006 and the content is worth the use of the book. With an updated version, this revision will use the 1982 text as a base for an expansion and updating that is very relevant, and I expect that this 2nd edition will be an excellent contribution, well written and informative. I will certainly adopt the revised book as a required text (10 on a scale of 10).

-Trevor F. Stokes, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

The main strengths of the Kazdin text are its clarity, its simplicity, and its organization. I believe Kazdin is a gifted writer; I find his style to be concise and to the point. He provides superb examples for the points he makes. I would adopt this book in a 'heartbeat'!

-James Halle, Department of Special Education, University of Illinois

I have been using Kazdin's single-case research design book for this course since I started teaching it in Fall 1999. I would rate the book a 9 on a ten-point scale for satisfaction. Kazdin's book has a lot of strengths. Its contents are comprehensive and its writing is clear and organized. The book can be a self-study material because it is so self-explanatory and the case examples are helpful for understanding various methods. Although the book has not been revised since its first edition in 1982, the book is still widely used today because the contents are still strong and applicable. I will definitely adopt the revised book with the proposed changes (10 on a ten-point scale).

-Y. Barry Chung, Counseling & Psychological Services, Georgia State University

"As in Kazdin's other work, the information presented in Single-Case Research
Designs is accessible to a wide audience from diverse training backgrounds. Readers are likely to feel inspired to let their own scientistpractitioner emerge to answer questions important for their clients, their practice, and their community."—Lisa Fitzgibbons, American Psychological Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195341881
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 114,194
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan E. Kazdin was 2008 President of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University. In addition, he is a professor at the Institute of Social & Policy Studies and Director of the Child Conduct Clinic. His research group studies developmental psychopathology and focuses on questions related to diagnoses, assessment, and treatment of childhood disorders. His extensive publications include textbooks in the areas of research design in clinical psychology and behavioral modification in applied settings. He is the author or editor of several books including Parent Management Training (OUP, 2008) and the Encyclopedia of Psychology (OUP, 2000).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Study of the Individual in Context
2. Underpinnings of Scientific Research
3. Background and Key Measurement Considerations
4. Methods of Assessment
5. Ensuring the Quality of Measurement
6. Introduction to Single-Case Research and ABAB Designs
7. Multiple-Baseline Designs
8. Changing-Criterion Designs
9. Multiple-Treatment Designs
10. Additional Design Options
11. Quasi-Single-Case Experimental Designs
12. Data Evaluation
13. Graphic Display of Data for Visual Inspection
14. Evaluation of Single-Case Designs: Challenges and Limitations
15. Summing Up: Single-Case Research in Perspective
Appendix. Statistical Analyses for Single-Case Designs: Issues and Illustrations
Author Index
Subject Index

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