In fulfilling the need for a beginner's manual in mental health research, the authors have written an insightful exposition of the fundamental factors essential to good research. This articulately written manual teaches how to formulate a clear hypothesis, select a representative population, conduct a valid study, and describe results in an intelligible manner. The experienced authors thoroughly explain the need for acquiring a research attitude--an inquiring and critical mind--and then discuss how mental health research is done, using anecdotal case reports, studies with only a few variables, and complex investigations of multiple variables as examples. A wide range of research possiblilities is explored, including those that require little or no financial support.
Table of Contents
- Why Should You Do Mental Health Research?
- How Has Mental Health Research Been Done?
- How to See Each Client as an Experiment
- Ethical Issues in Mental Health Research
- How to Decide on an Area for Research
- How to Review the Literature
- How to Decide on a Research Question
- How to Match Research Design to the Research Question
- How to Select the Varibles to be Studied
- Frequently Used Assessment Devices
- How to Carry Through Your Research Project
- How to Analyze Your Results
- How to Write a Paper for Publication
- Writing and Publishing From a Resident's Point of View
- Appendix I: The Nuremberg Code
- Appendix II: Declaration of Helsinki: Recommendations Guiding Physicians in Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects