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I welcome such an excellent text. It is a goldmine of clear information, relevant guidance and resources. So many ‘how to do research’ textbooks can be dense and discouraging to read, not so with this one. Doing Mental Health Research with Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Qualitative Methods is different and fully explains what it sets out to do in a way which is easy to read and understand. I predict it will be a valuable text for both students, academics, research assistants and clinicians. It also de-mystifies ‘research’ in an approachable inviting fashion.
For those researching with children, this is essential reading. Whether a research student or experienced researcher, this book comprehensively explains how to conceptualise and ethically conduct research, analyse and theorise from multiple perspectives, and disseminate and publish. I wish this book had been available when I first started applying for grant funding. An important milestone in researching child mental health, this book canvasses the full spectrum of research agendas, recognizing children and young people as a unique population.
In summary, this is a well written and useful book providing a good step by step guide to carry out qualitative research. It appropriately balances important theoretical concept and practice examples, interspersed with advice from writers and other established researchers. As an introduction to qualitative research, it not only provides an alternative to the traditional texts books already available, but also it expands on an area where there is a lack of literature: qualitative mental health research with children and adolescents.
The organization of [the book] makes it very reader friendly, and the authors have definitely covered the research process from the inspirational first ideas to the issues of implementation of the findings, as well as the different arenas of publishing in today’s scientific world.... Additionally, it is also an excellent checklist of the things to remember for a more experienced researcher when rushing to meet the funding applications deadlines, or even when simply planning in a less time-constrained situation.
A good all round book, really useful guidance for those doing research. This has been ordered for the library to support SENCOs carrying out practitioner enquiries. The chapter on ethics is particularly useful when combined with NSPCC and Save the Children guidelines.
This book is well-organised and well written. It covers key issues in this field that I would expect. However, the course I teach is a professional doctorate, and this text does not offer the depth of analysis or the range of reference that would be needed for this group.
This text is very useful for research project students to make critical comparisons for methodological issues and social and emotional aspects of development.
A nice accessible book providing solid support for a topic which requires sensitive, ethical and robust research
An accessible and useful book for the growing number of students who want to explore such issues in their dissertations. Some material more widely useful for any research with children and adolescents.
Whilst our students (of applied educational psychology) do not focus directly on 'mental health' per se - we tend to consider wellbeing - there are elements of this book some students may usefully be guided to
Ethics is efficiently dealt with and, whilst the Planning chapter does not fit our situation perfectly, there are helpful reminders there too.
A very engaging text for those of our students who might want to examine issues of mental health as part of the undergraduate research study. A welcome contribution.
Excellent, a good user friendly publication, - I have already recommended it to students.
This book is such an easy and intuitive read. The authors have produced a text that will enable students and practitioners to have greater awareness and appreciation of the complexities of undertaking mental health research with children and adolescents. Whilst not adopted as a core text, I shall be recommending it to colleagues and students on both our Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.
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