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2nd Edition

Research Methods in Family Therapy

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ISBN 9781572309609
Published July 13, 2005 by Guilford Press
473 Pages

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Book Description

In this widely adopted text and professional reference, leading contributors provide the 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.

Table of Contents

1. Pluralism, Diversity, and Sophistication in Family Therapy Research, Douglas H. Sprenkle and Fred P. Piercy
2. A Graduate Student Guide to Conducting Research in Marriage and Family Therapy, Lenore M. McWey, Ebony Joy James, and Sara A. Smock
3. Let's Get Grounded: Family Therapy Research and Grounded Theory, Silvia Echevarria-Doan and Carolyn Y. Tubbs
4. The Use of Phenomenology for Family Therapy Research: The Search for Meaning, Carla M. Dahl and Pauline Boss
5. Focus Groups in Family Therapy Research, Fred P. Piercy and Katherine M. Hertlein
6. Action Research Methods in Family Therapy, Tai J. Mendenhall and William J. Doherty
7. Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software: General Issues for Family Therapy Researchers, Jennifer L. Matheson
8. Bridging Research: Using Ethnography to Inform Clinical Practice, Carolyn Y. Tubbs and Linda M. Burton
9. Feminist Autoethnography, Katherine R. Allen and Fred P. Piercy
10. Performance Methodology: Constructing Discourses and Discursive Practices in Family Therapy Research, Saliha Bava
11. Future Directions for Qualitative Methods, Ronald J. Chenail
12. Survey Research, Thorana S. Nelson and David D. Allred
13. The Delphi Method, Linda Stone Fish and Dean M. Busby
14. Task Analysis of Couple and Family Change Events, Brent Bradley and Susan M. Johnson
15. Program Evaluation Science and Family Therapy, Jay A. Mancini, Angela J. Huebner, Eric E. McCollum, and Lydia I. Marek
16. Clinical Trials in Marriage and Family Therapy Research, Kevin P. Lyness, Stephanie R. Walsh, and Douglas H. Sprenkle
17. Meta-Analysis in Family Therapy Research, Karen S. Wampler, Alan Reifman, and Julianne M. Serovich
18. Economic Evaluation Methodology for Family Therapy Outcome Research, David P. Mackinnon
19. Approaches to Prediction: Correlation, Regression, and Classification Techniques, Douglas K. Snyder and Laurel F. Mangrum
20. Multilevel Growth Modeling in the Context of Family Research, Margaret K. Keiley, Nina C. Martin, Ting Liu, and Megan Dolbin-MacNab
21. Covariance Structure Analysis: From Path Analysis to Structural Equation Modeling, Margaret K. Keiley, Mary Dankoski, Megan Dolbin-MacNab, and Ting Liu

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Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, until his death in 2018, was Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, where he was developer and former Director of the Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy Dr. Sprenkle was past Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the author or editor of over 130 scholarly articles and books. He received the Osborne Award from the National Council on Family Relations, which is given biannually for outstanding teaching, and the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award, the Cumulative Career Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Research Award, and the Training Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Sprenkle also won the Award for Significant Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice from the American Family Therapy Academy.

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.


"The second edition of Research Methods in Family Therapy breaks new ground in presenting an in-depth perspective on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to family therapy research. Providing great breadth and depth in each of these areas, the editors have pulled together a close-to-perfect handbook for young researchers entering the field, as well as for seasoned family therapy researchers. Sprenkle and Piercy have given us, once again, an ideal text in family therapy research methodology."--William M. Pinsof, PhD, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

"This excellent second edition offers a significant expansion and update of its predecessor and addresses a variety of essential research issues. New and revised chapters cover such topics as computer-aided qualitative data analysis, future directions for qualitative methods, and quantitative and mixed-method approaches at the cutting edge of family therapy research. This book belongs on the shelves of practitioners and students who want to build their research skills, as well as seasoned family therapy researchers."--Sandra M. Stith, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Virginia Tech

"As a faculty member in an accredited master's-level MFT program, I've been waiting for the second edition of Sprenkle and Piercy's classic text on research methods. Our faculty want a textbook that will make research interesting and relevant to master's-level clinicians. At the same time, we want a book that reflects the growing sophistication of MFT methodology. Sprenkle and Piercy's new edition meets both goals admirably. I'm confident that we will adopt it as a basic text!"--Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego