Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology / Edition 1

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"Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is a unique text because it is designed and written for those graduate students aspiring to careers in practice rather than in psychological science who are the vast majority in clinical and counseling programs. To motivate readers to see the value of knowledge produced by research, the book opens with an actual case report that shows how research-generated strategies incorporated into treatment can be extremely effective." Throughout the book, the authors, all capable researchers who are also experienced practitioners, demonstrate the ways in which research is an essential foundation for effective and ethical practice. Descriptions of alternatives to conventional significance testing such as "clinical significance" and "reliable change analyses" help students consider new ways in which they can impose rigor on their own research and practice activities. Students and instructors alike will welcome this reader-friendly book.
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“Finally – a graduate level text that covers research methodology, common strategies, and ethics, perfectly balancing scientific rigor and the vagaries of clinical practice. This book provides students with a solid background by which to begin their research careers, as both practitioners and consumers of science. It will become the gold standard for graduate courses in research methodology.” - Deborah C. Beidel, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida, USA

“This edited book is an excellent resource for graduate students in applied psychology programs and related fields. The chapters, which are well written, concise, and informative, will facilitate their understanding and appreciation of the research process.” - Rex Forehand, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont, USA

“Drs. Thomas and Hersen have organized an excellent and extremely useful guide for students of applied social sciences interested in the translation of research to practice. The text is eminently practical, combining excellent reviews of basic research principles followed by real world application of these principles. I particularly enjoyed the extremely well balanced chapter on efficacy vs. effectiveness research, and I think it would be fun for both students and professor alike to participate in a course designed around this book.” - Ron Acierno, PhD, Director, PTSD Clinical Team, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston; Professor, Psychiatry Medical University of South Carolina, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805836714
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay C. Thomas, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Distinguished University Professor, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Counseling Program at the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. His research interests include applied research methodology, outcome studies, behavioral change, program development and evaluation, personnel selection, job stress, mental health and the workplace, and psychometrics.

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor and Dean at the School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University. His research interests include assessment and treatment of older adults, single care research, and administration.

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Table of Contents

I Research Foundations
1 Introduction: Science in the Service of Practice 3
2 Understanding Measurement 27
3 Sampling Issues 69
4 Validity: Making Inferences from Research Outcomes 97
II Research Strategies
5 Group Designs 133
6 Correlational Methods 161
7 Single Subject Designs 181
8 Program Evaluation 209
9 Meta-Analysis 243
III Research Practice
10 Ethical Guidelines in Research 271
11 Reviewing the Literature and Evaluating Existing Data 295
12 Planning Data Collection and Performing Analyses 319
IV Special Problems
13 Effectiveness Versus Efficacy Studies 343
14 Research in Private Practice 379
15 Research with Children 397
16 Research with Older Adults 441
Author Index 469
Subject Index 479
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