A Handbook of Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology

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Jeremy Miles, Paul Gilbert
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 315 pages
Though psychology as a discipline has grown enormously in popularity in recent years, compulsory courses in research methods and statistics are seldom embarked upon with any great enthusiasm within the undergraduate and postgraduate communities. Many postgraduate and PhD students start their research ill-equipped to design effective experiments and to properly analyse their results. This lack of knowledge also limits their ability to critically assess and evaluate research done by others.

This book is a practical guide to carrying out research in health psychology and clinical psychology. It bridges the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study. As well as describing the various techniques and methods available to students, it provides them with a proper understanding of what a specific technique does - going beyond the introductory descriptions typical of most undergraduate methods books. The book describes both quantitative and qualititative approaches to data collection, providing valuable advice on methods ranging from psychometric testing to discourse analysis. For both undergraduate and postgraduate students, the book will be essential in making them aware of the full range of techniques available, helping them to design scientifically rigorous experiments, and effectively analyse their results.

 

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Contents

Sampling in health and clinical psychology research
15
Ethical research is better research
27
SallyAnn Clarke Department of Psychology Psychological Health Services
34
Research with children
37
The measurement of physiological outcomes in health
47
Semistructured interviewing
65
exploring the meanings
79
practical
95
Discursive approaches
161
Experimental methods in clinical and health research
175
The importance of considering effect size and statistical
185
CONTENTS
193
Analysing categorical data
205
General and generalised linear models
217
Survival analysis
237
Applications of structural equation modelling in clinical and health
261

The use of diary methodologies in health and clinical psychology
111
Analysis of repertory grids in clinical practice
125
Descriptive and interpretive approaches to qualitative research
147
Metaanalysis
295
Index
309
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Jeremy Miles is at Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK. Paul Gilbert is at South Derbyshire Mental Health Trust, Kingsway Hospital, Derby, UK.

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