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1506304265
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Pub. Date:
02/17/2016
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SAGE Publications
The Practice of Research in Social Work / Edition 4

The Practice of Research in Social Work / Edition 4

by Rafael J. Engel, Russell K. Schutt

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The Practice of Research in Social Work / Edition 4

The Fourth Edition of Rafael J. Engel and Russell K. Schutt’s The Practice of Research in Social Work introduces an integrated set of techniques for evaluating research and practice problems as well as conducting studies. Evidence-based practice comes alive through illustrations of actual social work research. Updated with new examples, the latest research, and expanded material on technology and qualitative methods, this popular text helps readers achieve the 2015 EPAS core competencies essential for social work practice.

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ISBN-13: 9781506304267
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/17/2016
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 136,275
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rafael J. Engel, Ph D, is associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph D (1988) from the University of Wisconsin, his MSW (1979) from the University of Michigan, and his BA (1978) from the University of Pennsylvania. He coordinates the graduate certificate program in aging and is the principal investigator for the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education. He has written Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Russell Schutt) and Measuring Race and Ethnicity (with Larry E. Davis). He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Intergenerational Relations and a member of the editorial board of Race and Social Problems. He has authored journal articles on such topics as poverty in later life, welfare benefits, and depressive symptomatology, and he has written a variety of monographs reporting agency-based evaluations. His research experience includes funded research studies on gambling, faith-based organizations, and employment in later life as well as funded evaluation research studies on welfare-to-work programs and drug and alcohol prevention programs. His most recent research involves older adults and gambling prevention.

Russell K. Schutt, Ph D, is a professor and the chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts Mental Health Center). He completed his BA, MA, and Ph D (1977) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (1977–1979). His other books include Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Ray Engel), Making Sense of the Social World (with Dan Chambliss), and Research Methods in Psychology (with Paul G. Nestor)—all with SAGE Publications, as well as Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press) and Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (coedited with Larry J. Seidman and Matcheri S. Keshavan, also Harvard University Press). Most of his peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focus on the effect of social context on cognition, satisfaction, functioning, and recidivism, the orientations of service recipients and of service and criminal justice personnel, and the organization of health and social services. He is currently a coinvestigator for a randomized trial of peer support for homeless dually diagnosed veterans, funded by the Veterans Administration.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. Science, Society, and Social Work Research
Reasoning About the Social World
Everyday Errors in Reasoning
The Social Scientific Approach
Social Work and the Social World
Research in the News: Why Did New York City’s Homeless Population Increase?
Social Work Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Social Work Research in Practice
Alternative Research Orientations
Social Work Research in a Diverse Society
CHAPTER 2. The Process of Social Work Research
Social Work Research Questions
Consider Social Diversity when Formulating a Question
Foundations of Social Work Research
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Theory and Social Work Research
Research in the News: Does Money Buy Happiness?
Alternative Research Strategies
Social Research Standards
CHAPTER 3. Ethical and Scientific Guidelines for Social Work Research
Research on People
Historical Background
Research in the News: Is it Ethical Science?
Ethical Principles
Institutional Review Board Reviews
Internet Research
Scientific Guidelines for Social Work Research
CHAPTER 4. Measurement
Concepts
Research in the News: What is your Race?
From Concepts to Observations
Levels of Measurement
Measurement Error
Assessing Measurement Accuracy
Measurement Validity
Ways to Improve Reliability and Validity of Existing Measures
Using Scales to Identify a Clinical Status
Measurement in a Diverse Society
Measurement Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
CHAPTER 5. Sampling
Sample Planning
Research in the News: What are the Best Practices for Sampling Vulnerable Populations?
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
Recruitment Strategies with Diverse Populations
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
CHAPTER 6. Causation and Research Design
Research Design Alternatives
Research in the News: Why is Child Poverty so High?
Criteria for Quantitative (Nomothetic) Causal Explanations
Comparing Research Designs
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
CHAPTER 7. Group Experimental Designs
Threats to the Validity of Group Experimental Designs
Features of True Experiments
Types of True Experimental Designs
Quasi-experimental Designs
Nonexperimental Designs
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Diversity, Group Design, and Evidence-Based Practice
Ethical Issues in Experimental Research
CHAPTER 8. Single-Subject Design
Foundations of Single-Subject Design
Measuring Targets of Intervention
Analyzing Single-Subject Designs
Types of Single-Subject Designs
Research in the News: Exercise Your Brain?
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Single-Subject Design in a Diverse Society
Ethical Issues in Single-Subject Design
CHAPTER 9. Survey Research
Survey Research in Social Work
Designing Questionnaires
Writing Questions
Refine and Test Questions
Survey Design Alternatives
Survey Research Design in a Diverse Society
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
CHAPTER 10. Qualitative Methods
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Research in the News: Can Taping Interviews Capture a Trend?
Interviewing Online
Focus Groups
Community-based Participatory Research
Qualitative Research in a Diverse Society
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
CHAPTER 11. Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis
Research in the News: What’s in a Message?
Content Analysis
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Implications for Evidence-based Practice
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
CHAPTER 12. Secondary Data Analysis and Mixed Methods
Secondary Data Analysis
Mixed Methods
CHAPTER 13. Evaluation Research
Evaluation Basics
Describing the Program: The Logic Model
Questions for Evaluation Research
Design Decisions
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Evaluation Research in a Diverse Society
Ethics in Evaluation
CHAPTER 14. Quantitative Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Describing Relationships Among Variables
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Quantitative Data Analysis in a Diverse Society
Ethical Issues: Avoiding Misleading Findings
CHAPTER 15. Reporting Research
Beginning With a Research Proposal
Writing Can Be Frustrating!
Reporting Results
Research in the News: How Much Should Social Scientists Report?
Poster Presentations
Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
Social Work Research in a Diverse Society
Ethical Considerations
Appendix A. Questions to Ask About a Quantitative Research Article
Appendix B. How to Read a Quantitative Research Article
Appendix C. Questions to Ask About a Qualitative Research Article
Appendix D. How to Read a Qualitative Research Article

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