Action Theory: A Primer for Applied Research in the Social Sciences (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - Psychology - 268 pages
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The authors describe a view that our short-, medium-, and long- term behavior, interactions, and relationshipsówhether planned or spontaneous, purposeful or playfulócan be understood in terms of goal-directed systems. An understanding of action theory and research methods used in applied settings is provided. It leads to the conclusion that individual processes are joint processes and the joint construction of lives should be monitored to understand ongoing personal and social involvements.

The unique contribution of this book lies in its bringing together and extending of basic features of the theory of goal-directed action systems previously published in a range of scattered research and conceptual articles in the literature. Professionals including clinicians, counselors, social workers, researchers, doctors, nurses, and physical or occupational therapists will find in this book an accessible means to understand, act on, research, and intervene in the behavioral processes they encounter in everyday work.

  

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Contents

Action Problem Concept Explanation Method and Theory
3
Action Theoretical Conceptualization
4
Issues of Explanation
8
Empirical Access to Behavior and Action
11
Theory of Action
20
Group Action
29
Project and Careeer
35
Summary
42
The Reasoning of Parents and Children in Conversation about Marital Transitions
139
Childrens Reasoning about Marital Transitions
140
Application of Action Theoretical Framework
143
The Joint Project of Making Sense of Marital Transitions
144
Examination of the Interactions of Parents and Children from Multiple Perspectives
146
Immediate Practical Implications of Action Theory Research
147
Conclusion
151
Stories of Attempted Suicide Suicide Career Suicide Project and Suicide Action
153

Research Procedures for Using Action Theory in Applied Research
45
Action Group Action Project and Career
48
Accessing Data
49
Elements Functional Steps and Goals
52
Accessing Social Meaning in Naive or LayPerson Observation
62
Monitoring and Recording Internal Processes
66
Integrating the Three Methods
69
Analysis of Project and Career
70
Conducting Research
73
Criteria for Evaluating Adequacy
79
Action Theory Research
83
Procedures Data and Results
86
Notes
119
Application of Action Theory Research Reports
121
Empowerment Praxis and Action Theory in HealthPromotion Research
123
Theoretical Premises of Empowerment and Partnership
125
Family Conversation as HealthPromotion Action
128
The Research Studies
129
Research as Praxis
137
Note
138
Method
155
Results
156
Discussion
167
Conceptual Considerations
169
Action Theoretical Perspective in Rehabilitation
173
The Rehabilitation Processes
174
A GoalDirected Organizational Framework
182
Action Theory
183
Some General Features of Rehabilitation
184
A Word of Caution on Dealing with Hierarchies
190
Some Methodological Issues in Analysis of System Processes in Rehabilitation
191
Action Systems in Rehabilitation Rehabilitative Processes and Rehabilitation Organization
192
Conclusion
194
Conclusion
199
The Family HealthPromotion Project Research Manual
203
References
231
Name Index
251
Subject Index
259
About the Authors and Contributors
267
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About the author (2002)

LADISLAV VALACH is Oberassistant of Psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is also a psychotherapist at the Rehabilitation Centre of the Medical Clinic at Buerger Hospital in Solothurn, Switzerland.RICHARD A. YOUNG is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His earlier books include Interpreting Career: Hermeneutical Studies of Lives in Context (Praeger, 1992) and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Career (Praeger, 1990).M. JUDITH LYNAM is Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She is Co-Director of the School of Nursing Cultural Studies and Health Research Unit.

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