A Practical Guide to Research and Services with Hidden Populations / Edition 1 available in Paperback
- Pub. Date:
- Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
About the Author
Stephanie Tortu is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Science at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She conducts research on drug use and HIV prevention, specifically with urban populations. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles on these subjects.
Lloyd A. Goldsamt, Ph.D. is a New york State licensed clinical psychologist. He conducts HIV prevention research with inner city families and injection drug users, research on drug use and violence in schools, and research on the impact of substance abuse training curricula. Dr. Goldsamt also maintains a private psychotherapy practice.
Table of Contents
1. Street-Based Outreach...Taking it to the People.
Goals of the Chapter.
Outreach: A Bottom-Up Approach.
Who are the Hidden Populations?
Planning Outreach Strategies.
Incentives and Participation.
Management Support of Effective Outreach.
Urban Field Conditions.
Rural Field Conditions.
Outreach Do's and Don't's.
Challenges Impacting Outreach.
2. Interviewing Skills: Strategies for Obtaining Accurate Information.
Having a Clear Picture of the End Result.
Decide on Where to Conduct the Interviews.
Seek Institutional Support for the Interviews.
Interviewing in the Field.
Asking Questions About Sensitive Topics.
Getting the Best Possible Information.
Establish and Maintain a Safe Interview Setting.
Resistance, Eagerness to Please, and Engagement.
Encouragement and Probing.
Managing the Emotional Tenor of the Interview.
Ending the Interview.
3. Follow-Up and Tracking Methods for Hard-to-Reach Populations.
Common Challenges to Effective Follow-Up.
Impediments to Follow-up.
4. Notes from the Field: Project Planning and Management Issues.
Preparing the Way.
Training and Orientation.
Communication and Performance Evaluation.
5. Using a Systems Perspective and Computer Technology in Prevention Research.
Conceptual Underpinnings: A Systems Model.
Summary of Research Findings.
The Community Assessment Process.
Enhancement of Outreach Services Targeted to Street Youth.
Development of a Computerized Network for Youth Services.
Summary and Conclusion.
6. Giving Back to the CommunityPlaying Fair in the Information and Service Exchange.
Differing Priorities of Researchers, Providers and Clients.
Traditional methods of improving relationships with clients.
To give back to the community more effectively.
7. Ethical Considerations for Field-Based Projects.
Institutionalization of Protections.
8. Integrating Service Provision and Research in a Single Setting.
Why Combine Research and Service Activities.
Integrating Research and Service Activities.
Providing Services in Research Settings.
Conducting Research in Service Settings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A thoroughly researched, thoughtfully compiled, and exceedingly accessible guide to one of the most difficult yet essential research problems facing contemporary social scientists. Hamid's contribution, especially, lends a warmness seldom seen in such a practical, useful field reference.