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This comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide is ideal for the beginning psychology researcher.

The Handbook follows the standard model of research planning, design, data collection, statistical analysis and writing-up results. Individual chapters focus on such integral tasks as: finding a topic; conducting literature searches; selecting instruments; designing surveys and questionnaires; sampling; applying for institutional approval; conducting mail and phone surveys; cleaning up a data set; using basic and advanced statistical analysis; and doing qualitative analysis. In addition, a special topics section gives advice on such issues as coordinating a research team, applying for grants and using theory in research.

Covers applying sampling procedures, basic statistical analysis, using archival data-sets, writing rough drafts.

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Editorial Reviews

Anthony J. Marsella
"The Psychology Research Handbook is destined to become a standard reference work for students seeking to master psychology research methods and procedures. The editors, Dr. Frederick T. L. Leong and Dr. James T. Austin, are to be congratulated for providing students with a comprehensive guide for conducting many types of psychology research on human subjects. It's all here in clear and lucid prose: the reader is treated to an intellectually stimulating and fun-filled journey into the world of psychology research, from 'identifying a research topic' to 'applying for research grants.' The volume contains 29 chapters, some of which are co-authored by advanced graduate students. This touch of the 'real world' adds to the clarity and practicality of many chapters. Unlike other research handbooks that are filled with arcane material that frightens the budding researcher, this volume will spark a lifelong love affair with the psychology research process. Of special value are the chapters on topics typically missing from other texts, including 'cross-cultural research,' 'dealing with journal editors and reviewers,' 'conducting meta-analyses,' and 'using archival datasets.' In my opinion, this is the book of choice for introducing the psychology research process to students and research assistants. "
Wilbert McKeachie

"The Psychology Research Handbook is a true handbook. It provides guidance in planning, designing, and carrying out research and data analysis, as well as instruction in writing up the research and applying for grants. Each chapter offers good practical advice on topics ranging from 'cleaning up data,' 'revising a research manuscript,' and so on to 'coordinating a research team' and 'applying theories in research.' Although the subtitle is 'A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants,' I expect to refer to it next year in my 51st year of doing psychological research and writing."

Martin Seligman
"A valuable grand tour—from the ground up—of everything a beginning researcher wants to know but is usually afraid to ask. For both the new graduate student and the serious undergraduate. "
Harry C. Triandis
"A sound, step-by-step, practical, clearly written guide to how to initiate, do, and publish psychological research. The excellent coverage of the relevant literature is broad and up-to-date. It includes a chapter on the methodology of cross-cultural research that covers most of the essential points. "
Richard Klimoski
"In every field of endeavor, in order for someone to be considered competent there is a set of knowledge, skills, and abilities that must be developed. Often, this takes place in formal settings like the classroom. But much of this development can only occur in the context of working with a 'master' or subject matter expert. This is often referred to as the acquisition of tacit knowledge. A real strength of the Leong and Austin primer is that it assembles a fine set of experts and has them present in a very readable format the tacit or proceduralized knowledge that they have accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology. In this regard, I feel that the section on research writing and some of the special topics covered are especially noteworthy. When read in conjunction with an instructor's input, these chapters in particular should increase the student's capacity for professional-level work immensely. All things considered, this handbook should meet an important set of needs among advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in psychology. "
Foreword by Anthony J. Marsella
"The Psychology Research Handbook is destined to become a standard reference work for students seeking to master psychology research methods and procedures. The editors, Dr. Frederick T. L. Leong and Dr. James T. Austin, are to be congratulated for providing students with a comprehensive guide for conducting many types of psychology research on human subjects. It's all here in clear and lucid prose: the reader is treated to an intellectually stimulating and fun-filled journey into the world of psychology research, from 'identifying a research topic' to 'applying for research grants.' The volume contains 29 chapters, some of which are co-authored by advanced graduate students. This touch of the 'real world' adds to the clarity and practicality of many chapters. Unlike other research handbooks that are filled with arcane material that frightens the budding researcher, this volume will spark a lifelong love affair with the psychology research process. Of special value are the chapters on topics typically missing from other texts, including 'cross-cultural research,' 'dealing with journal editors and reviewers,' 'conducting meta-analyses,' and 'using archival datasets.' In my opinion, this is the book of choice for introducing the psychology research process to students and research assistants. "
Wilbert Mc Keachie
"The Psychology Research Handbook is a true handbook. It provides guidance in planning, designing, and carrying out research and data analysis, as well as instruction in writing up the research and applying for grants. Each chapter offers good practical advice on topics ranging from 'cleaning up data,' 'revising a research manuscript,' and so on to 'coordinating a research team' and 'applying theories in research.' Although the subtitle is 'A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants,' I expect to refer to it next year in my 51st year of doing psychological research and writing. "
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Covers the psychology research process from identifying a topic to applying for grants. Sections are organized in a sequential model representing the steps of the research process, with each chapter containing detailed "scripts" on various procedures. Discusses topics such as cross-cultural research, dealing with journal editors, conducting meta-analysis, and using archival data sets. For psychology undergraduate students, especially those taking independent research courses with faculty. Paper edition (unseen), $27.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Bill McKeachie
“If there were a "Who's Who" of outstanding teachers of psych, it would include most, or perhaps all, of the authors of the chapters of this book. They are not only teachers, but also scholars of teaching, who have useful advice for both novice and experienced teachers of psychology.”
Stanley Sue
"The Psychology Research Handbook: A Primer for Graduate Students and Research Assistants, Second Edition, edited by Fred Leong and James Austin, fully fulfills its mission to provide graduate students with knowledge of the entire research process from thinking about research, formulating a design, conducting the research, and publishing a paper. But the book and its many contributors do much more. In explaining the research process to students, the authors help to demystify why things are done they way they are, to understand the logic of science, and to appreciate the research endeavor - tasks that are often not conveyed in graduate programs. The Handbook makes an important and valuable contribution to graduate education."
Bill Mc Keachie
“If there were a "Who's Who" of outstanding teachers of psych, it would include most, or perhaps all, of the authors of the chapters of this book. They are not only teachers, but also scholars of teaching, who have useful advice for both novice and experienced teachers of psychology.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803970489
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/13/1996
  • Pages: 408

Meet the Author

Frederick T. L. Leong, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology (Industrial/Organizational and Clinical Psychology Programs) and Psychiatry. He is also the Director of the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles and book chapters. In addition, he has edited or co-edited 12 books. Dr. Leong is a Fellow of the APA (Divisions 1, 2, 5, 12, 17, 29, 45, 52), Association for Psychological Science, Asian American Psychological Association, and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. His major research interests center around culture and mental health, cross-cultural psychotherapy (especially with Asians and Asian Americans), and cultural and personality factors related to career choice and work adjustment. He is past president of APA's Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Division of Counseling Psychology in the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He has served on the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee, and the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training (CEMRRAT2) Task Force. He received the Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award from the APA Minority Fellowship Program and the Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology from APA Division 12. He is also the 2007 co-recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

James T. Austin (Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Virginia Tech University, 1987) is a Research Specialist 2 at The Ohio State University, specializing in the psychometrics of test creation and evaluation for Career-Technical Education at the secondary and community college levels. He served as Assistant Professor of I-O Psychology from 1991-1997 at Ohio State. His research on goal-setting, criterion measurement, and research methodology has appeared in Psychological Bulletin, Annual Review of Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decisions Processes. He is currently cowriting a book on analysis and prioritization of needs assessment data in program evaluation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Anthony J Marsella
Introduction - Frederick T L Leong and James T Austin
PART ONE: RESEARCH PLANNING
Finding a Research Topic - Frederick T L Leong and Rhonda E Pfaltzgraff
Using the Library Effectively - Jeffrey G Reed and Pam M Baxter
Conducting a Literature Search - Margaret S Stockdale and Theresa Kenny
Reviewing and Evaluating a Research Article - Kathryn C Oleson and Robert M Arkin
PART TWO: DESIGN, INSTRUMENT SELECTION AND SAMPLING
Designing a Research Study - Bruce E Wampold
Evaluating and Selecting Research Instruments - Joseph G Ponterotto
Designing Surveys and Questionnaires for Research - Robert D Goddard III and Peter Villanova
Applying Sampling Procedures - William C Mc Cready
PART THREE: DATA COLLECTION
Applying for Approval To Conduct Research with Human Participants - Lyle D Schmidt and Naomi M Meara
Conducting Mail Surveys - Alan Vaux
Conducting Telephone Surveys - Peter Y Chen
Collecting Data from Groups - Steven J Zaccaro and Michelle Marks
PART FOUR: DATA ANALYSES
Cleaning Up Data and Running Preliminary Analyses - Stephen J Dollinger and David L Di Lalla
Doing Qualitative Analysis - Pamela S Highlen and Heather C Finley
A Basic Guide to Statistical Research and Discovery: Planning and Selecting Statistical Analyses - Robert A Yaffee
Basic Statistical Analyses - David N Dickter and Mary Roznowski
Using Advanced Statistics - Paul E Levy and Lisa A Steelman
Conducting a Meta-Analysis - Harris Cooper and Nancy Dorr
Test Construction - Nancy E Betz
Using Archival Data Sets - Barbara H Zaitzow and Charles B Fields
PART FIVE: RESEARCH WRITING
Writing in APA Style: Why and How - James T Austin and Robert F Calderón
Writing Rough Drafts - Christopher Peterson
Revising a Research Manuscript - Donna K Nagata and Steven J Trierweiler
Dealing with Journal Editors and Reviewers - Samuel H Osipow
PART SIX: SPECIAL TOPICS
Coordinating a Research Team: Maintaining and Developing a Good Working Laboratory - Dennis L Molfese et al
Diversity in Work Styles - Elke Brenstein
Applying for Research Grants - John G Borkowski
Cross-Cultural Research Methodology - Kwok Leung and Fons Van de Vijver
Applying Theories in Research: The Interplay of Theory and Research in Science - Charles J Gelso

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