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Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services, Tenth Edition / Edition 10

Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services, Tenth Edition / Edition 10

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Praise for earlier editions:

“I have been using this textbook as a required reading for my research class since 2004 because I found the text’s coverage of research concepts to be in-depth, and easy to read without the technicalities.”

- Ziblim Abukari, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Westfield State University

“Applied Social Research… is thorough, well organized, and clear, making it highly appreciated by my students.”

-Barry Loneck, PhD, School of Social Welfare, SUNY Albany

The tenth edition of this classic text demonstrates how research skills are developed and used to facilitate best social work practices and improve client outcomes. New to this edition are additional examples and practitioner profiles demonstrating research-based practice, problem-solving extended vignettes, and broad inclusion of the 2015 CSWE competencies. The tenth edition also delivers directives for incorporating evidence-based practices into daily practice. Additional highlights include greater emphasis on conducting practice-informed research with minority and other disadvantaged populations.

This engaging text for MSW and BSW students helps readers develop logic-based research skills that prepare them to be scientific practitioners who can use research-informed practice to improve clients’ lives. Emphasized throughout is the application of research methods in assessing and monitoring client functioning and outcomes. Additional features include robust instructor resources. The print version of the book includes free, searchable, digital access to the entire contents!

New to the Tenth Edition:

• Practitioner Profiles recounting interviews with actual practitioners
• Evaluating Competency boxes highlighting the connections between text concepts and CSWE competencies
• Emphasis on conducting research with disadvantaged populations
• Enhanced instructor resources including updated test bank with multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions, and PowerPoints

Key Features:

• Demonstrates the crucial connection between research and practice to improve client outcomes
• Develops critical thinking and logic-based research skills
• Helps students to measure and monitor client functions and outcomes and critically evaluate practices, programs, and services
• Emphasizes scaling measures to assess client functioning
• Includes unique chapter on preparing and presenting data

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826172839
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Edition description: 10th ed.
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


Timothy P. Hilton is a Professor of Social Work at Eastern Washington University. He received his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His main areas of research are housing and homelessness, low-wage work and welfare. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a social worker and administrator for homeless services and welfare-to-work programs. He was then hired by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development in Chicago to evaluate employment and training programs for lower-skilled and otherwise disadvantaged job seekers and later served as a Policy Analyst for the City of Chicago.

Hilton’s research has been both qualitative and quantitative, however, his recent work has been primarily qualitative. He has published research articles on employment and training programs serving low-skilled job seekers, substance abuse services, rural homelessness, and parenting while homeless. In addition to academic research, Hilton has extensive experience in program evaluation, primarily in the areas of employment services (for adults and youth) and homeless services programs. He recently completed an evaluation of services (and service gaps) for homeless students and their families in Spokane County (WA). This research led to the creation of new programs within area schools to connect families with housing services and address students’ academic, social, and mental health needs.


Peter R. Fawson received his MSW and his Ph.D from the University of Utah, College of Social Work. He is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Appalachia State University and previously was a faculty member at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Fawson has conducted program evaluations for the Juvenile and Criminal Justice system in Utah and Washington State. He has trained, developed, implemented, and evaluated a violence prevention program targeting teen dating violence. He has developed a series of workshops at the university and community level to raise men’s awareness of their male privilege, discuss men’s violence against women and explore different ways men can help prevent and decrease all forms of violence. Fawson’s research interests consist of, partner violence, healthy masculinities, prevention and intervention programs, and forensic social work.


Thomas J. Sullivan is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Michigan University, after more than three decades as a faculty member at the university. He specializes in social psychology, research methods, applied sociology, and medical sociology. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from San Francisco State University and his MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of Sociology: Concepts and Applications in a Diverse World, 8th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2009); Introduction to Social Problems, 9th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2012); Methods of Social Research (Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2001); and Applied Sociology: Research and Critical Thinking (Allyn & Bacon, 1992). He has published articles in Social Science and Medicine and the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. His applied work has focused on evaluation research of social service delivery in elementary schools and of teen pregnancy prevention and intervention services. He has served in various elected and appointed positions for the American Sociological Association, the Society for Applied Sociology, and the Midwest Sociological Society.


Cornell R. DeJong is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Michigan University, after four decades as a faculty member at the university. He specializes in intimate partner violence, research methods, and social work field education. He earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Calvin College and an MSW from the University of Michigan. He completed additional advanced work in research methodology and social welfare at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. As a program evaluation consultant, he has conducted studies of Head Start, community mental health, schools, and substance abuse prevention. He has held social work practice positions in both corrections and mental health. He has over 10 years’ experience conducting and evaluating domestic violence group services for men who batter. Professional memberships include the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Research in the Human Services

Chapter 2: The Logic of Social Research

Chapter 3: Ethical Issues in Social Research

Chapter 4: Problem Formulation: Developing a Well-built Answerable Question

Chapter 5: The Process of Measurement

Chapter 6: Sampling

Chapter 7: Survey Research

Chapter 8: Analysis of Available Data

Chapter 9: Field Research and Qualitative Methods

Chapter 10: Experimental Research

Chapter 11: Single-System Designs

Chapter 12: Evaluation Research

Chapter 13: Scaling

Chapter 14: Data Analysis I: Data Preparation and Presentation

Chapter 15: Data Analysis II: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics

Chapter 16: Analysis of Qualitative Data

Chapter 17: Writing for Research: Grant Proposals and Report Writing

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