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The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods

The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods

Second Edition

October 2009 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods is a cutting-edge volume that covers all the major topics that are relevant for Social Work Research methods. Edited by Bruce Thyer and containing contributions by leading authorities, this Handbook covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches as well as a section that delves into more general issues such as evidence based practice, ethics, gender, ethnicity, International Issues, integrating both approaches, and applying for grants.

New to this Edition

  • More content on qualitative methods and mixed methods
  • More coverage of evidence-based practice
  • More support to help students effectively use the Internet
  • A companion Web site at containing a test bank and PowerPoint slides for instructors and relevant SAGE journal articles for students.

This Handbook serves as a primary text in the methods courses in MSW programs and doctoral level programs. It can also be used as a reference and research design tool for anyone doing scholarly research in social work or human services.

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Bruce A. Thyer
Ch 1. Introductory Principles of Social Work Research
Phyllis Solomon and Jeffrey Draine
Ch 2. An Overview of Quantitative Research Methods
William R. Nugent
Ch 3. Probability and Sampling
Randall E.Basham, Catheleen Jordan, and Richard A. Hoefer
Ch 4. Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Research
Kevin Corcoran and Nikki Hozack
Ch 5. Locating Assessment Instruments
J. Timothy Stocks
Ch 6. Statistics for Social Workers
Stephen Tripodi and Kimberly Bender
Ch 7. Descriptive Studies
Royce A. Hutson and Athena R. Kolbe
Ch 8. Survey Studies
Leslie M. Tutty and Michael A. Rothery
Ch 9. Needs Assessments
Melissa Radey
Ch 10. Secondary Data Analysis Studies
Bruce A. Thyer
Ch 11. Pre-Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Studies
Ram A. Cnaan and Stephen J. Tripodi
Ch 12. Randomized Controlled Experiments
TK Logan and David Royse
Ch 13. Program Evaluation Studies
Mark A. Mattaini
Ch 14. Single-System Studies
Brian T. Yates, Peter Delaney, and Dorothy Lockwood Dillard
Ch 15. Using Cost ? Procedure ? Process ? Outcome Analysis
Jacqueline Corcoran and Julia H. Littell
Ch 16. Meta-Analyses
Julia H. Littell and Jacqueline Corcoran
Ch 17. Systematic Reviews
Michael J. Holosko
Ch 18. An Overview of Qualitative Research Methods
Cynthia S. Franklin Patricia A. Cody, and Michelle Ballan
Ch 19. Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research
Jerrold R. Brandell and Theodore Varkas
Ch 20. Narrative Case Studies
Natalie Ames and Stephene Diepstra
Ch 21. Oral History Studies
Bart W. Miles and Bebra Jozefowicz-Simbeni
Ch 22. Naturalistic Inquiry
R. Kevin Grigsby
Ch 23. Participant Observation Studies
Christine T. Lowery
Ch 24. Ethnographic Research Methods
Esther Blum, Tuula Heninonen, and Judy White
Ch 25. Participatory Action Research Studies
Bruce A. Thyer
Ch 26. Theoretical Research
John R. Graham and Alean Al-Krenawi
Ch 27. Historical Research
Karen M. Sowers, Rod Ellis, and Adrienne Dessel
Ch 28. Literature Reviews
William M. Epstein
Ch 29. Critical Analysis
Susan D. Einbinder
Ch 30. Policy Analyses
Karen A. Randolph
Ch 31. Logic Models
Frederic G. Reamer
Ch 32. Ethical Issues in Social Work Research
Antoinette Y. Farmer and David Bess
Ch 33. Gender, Ethnicity, and Racial Issues
Jorge Delva and Marcela Castillo Altman
Ch 34. International Research
Goutham Menon and Charles D. Cowger
Ch 35. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Scott M. Geron and Gail S. Steketee
Ch 36. Applying for Research Grants
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors

This book was not a good fit for my course. I adopted Research Methods in Practice (Remler and Van Ryzin) instead.

Nathalie Saltikoff
Social Sciences, Endicott College
May 20, 2015

This textbook is exactly what I was looking for to update my course! It is comprehensive, yet easy to digest for an introduction course.

Ms Shaneika Bailey
Sociology, University of Guyana
October 23, 2012

The topics were too dispersed - it could be a resource book but not my primary book.

Dr Henrika McCoy
Jane Addams College of Social Work (MC 309), University of Illinois at Chicago
May 31, 2012

I like Thyer's book, but I will use it as a recommended text, rather than a main text my research methods course. It can be a great resource for the doctoral students. For my needs, the text I currently use, Engel and Schutt, I think does a better job in covering Social Work research methodology. It has good structure and a continuity of ideas and themes.

Bruce Deforge
Social Work Dept, University of Maryland Baltimore
March 23, 2011

Not as well written or as thorough as Essential Research Methods for Social Workers (Rubin)

Dr Nancy Lightfoot
Health , Laurentian Univ
May 17, 2010
Key features
The features of this book include the following:
  • An outstanding cast of contributors
  • Offers students the depth of topic that is difficult to achieve with a single authored text.
  • More content on qualitative methods and mixed methods
  • More coverage of Evidence Based Practice
  • More support to help students effectively use the Internet

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