Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research: Challenges and Rewards

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SAGE Publications, Jan 14, 1998 - Social Science - 178 pages
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This introductory manual offers practical advice to students and researchers in social work on how to use qualitative research methods, as and when they are most useful and appropriate. The author introduces and then dispels commonly held misconceptions about qualitative methods, discusses the origins and basic components of methods and presents a four-phase approach to conducting a study, including: formulating the problem, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data and writing the report. The book concludes with a discussion of the challenges and rewards of using qualitative methods.

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Deborah K. Padgett is a professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and is currently Director of the Masters in Global Public Health program at NYU. She received her doctorate in anthropology and completed post-doctoral training programs in public health and psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University and Duke University. Dr. Padgett has published extensively on the health/mental health needs and service use of underserved ethnic groups, women, and the homeless. She is author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, Second Edition (2008), co-author of Program Evaluation, Fifth Edition (2009), and editor of Handbook of Ethnicity, Aging and Mental Health (1995). She has previously served as President of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2011.

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