Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology

Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology


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Though psychology as a discipline has grown enormously in popularity in recent years, compulsory courses in research methods and statistics are seldom embarked upon with any great enthusiasm within the undergraduate and postgraduate communities. Many postgraduate and PhD students start their research ill-equipped to design effective experiments and to properly analyse their results. This lack of knowledge also limits their ability to critically assess and evaluate research done by others.

This book is a practical guide to carrying out research in health psychology and clinical psychology. It bridges the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study. As well as describing the various techniques and methods available to students, it provides them with a proper understanding of what a specific technique does - going beyond the introductory descriptions typical of most undergraduate methods books. The book describes both quantitative and qualititative approaches to data collection, providing valuable advice on methods ranging from psychometric testing to discourse analysis. For both undergraduate and postgraduate students, the book will be essential in making them aware of the full range of techniques available, helping them to design scientifically rigorous experiments, and effectively analyse their results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198527565
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

University of York

Kingsway Hospital, Derby

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1929

Date of Death:

March 4, 2010

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jeremy Miles & Paul Gilbert
1. Thinking about research: issues and dilemmas, Paul Gilbert & C Irons
2. Sampling in health and clinical psychology research, Heather Buchanan & Neil Coulson
3. Ethical research is better research, Bruce Napier
4. Research with children, Sally-Ann Clarke, Jo Lawford, Linda Sheppard & Christine Eiser
5. The measurement of physiological outcomes in health and clinical psychology, Mark A Wetherell & Kav Vedhara
6. Semi-structured interviewing, Fiona Fylan
7. Using focus groups: exploring the meanings of health and illness, Sue Wilkinson
8. Using and evaluating psychometric measures: practical and theoretical considerations, Darcy A Santor
9. The use of diary methodologies in health and clinical psychology, Eamonn Ferguson
10. Analysis of repertory grids in clinical practice, Chris Leach & Kate Freshwater
11. Descriptive and interpretive approaches to qualitative research, Robert Elliott & Ladislav Timulak
12. Discursive approaches, Elizabeth H Stokoe & Sally Wiggins
13. Experimental methods in clinical and health research, Andy P Field & Graham C L Davey
14. The importance of considering effect size and statistical power in research, David Clark-Carter
15. Reliability, Susanne Hempel
16. Analysing categorical data, Chris Fife-Schaw
17. General and generalised linear models, Jeremy Miles
18. Survival analysis, Peter Watson
19. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis in clinical and health psychology, Mark Shevlin
20. Applications of structural equation modelling in clinical and health psychology research, Rick H Hoyle
21. Some statistical and graphical strategies for exploring the effect of longitudinal data in health research, Gary Adamson & Brendan Bunting
22. Meta-analysis, Andy P Field

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