Research Methods in Family Therapy

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Douglas H. Sprenkle, Fred P. Piercy
Guilford Press, 2005 - Psychology - 473 pages
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Fully revised and updated, the second edition of this widely adopted text and professional reference reflects significant recent changes in the landscape of family therapy research. Leading contributors provide the current knowledge needed to design strong qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies; analyze the resulting data; and translate findings into improved practices and programs. Following a consistent format, user-friendly chapters thoroughly describe the various methodologies and illustrate their applications with helpful concrete examples. Among the ten entirely new chapters in the second edition is an invaluable research primer for beginning graduate students. Other new chapters cover action and participatory research methods, computer-aided qualitative data analysis, feminist autoethnography, performance methodology, task analysis, cutting-edge statistical models, and more.
  

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Contents

Pluralism Diversity and Sophistication in Family
3
A Graduate Student Guide to Conducting Research
19
Family Therapy Research
41
Focus Groups in Family Therapy Research
85
Action Research Methods in Family Therapy
100
Using Ethnography to Inform
136
Feminist Autoethnography
155
Constructing Discourses
170
Task Analysis of Couple and Family Change Events
254
CHAPTER is Program Evaluation Science and Family Therapy
272
Clinical Trials in Marriage and Family Therapy Research
297
MetaAnalysis in Family Therapy Research
318
CHAPTER is Economic Evaluation Methodology for Family Therapy
339
Correlation Regression
368
Multilevel Growth Modeling in the Context of Family Research
405
From Path Analysis
432

Future Directions for Qualitative Methods
191
Survey Research in Marriage and Family Therapy
211
The Delphi Method
238

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About the author (2005)

Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, is professor and director of the doctoral program in marriage and family therapy at Purdue University. He is a former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Sprenkle has received three major career honors from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): the Cumulative Career Contribution in Family Therapy Research Award, the Training Award, and the Significant Contribution to Family Therapy Award. He has also received the Osborne Award for excellence in teaching from the National Council on Family Relations. Among his seven books, Dr. Sprenkle is the editor of Effectiveness Research in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Fred P. Piercy, PhD, is professor and head of the Department of Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has served two times on the Board of Directors of AAMFT, and as the chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Dr. Piercy is also a member and fellow of both AAMFT and the American Psychological Association. He has written over 160 published articles, 5 books, and 35 funded grants. Most recently, he is the coeditor of the Handbook of the Clinical Treatment of Infidelity (with Katherine Hertlein and Joseph Wetchler). Dr. Piercy has won both national and university teaching awards. He has also collaborated extensively with colleagues from the University of Indonesia and Atma Jaya University (in Jakarta, Indonesia) and was the principal investigator of a World AIDS Foundation-funded project in Indonesia.

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