Using real social work examples written specifically to ally student fears Research and Statistics for Social Workers brings research and statistics together bridging the gap to practice. This book covers - conceptualization, ethics, cultural competence, design, qualitative research, individual and program evaluation as well as nonparametric and parametric statistical tests. The tests are explained narratively, mathematically as well as with a comprehensive step-by-step, fully illustrated SPSS computer analysis of social work data.
SECTION 1 FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2 RESEARCH THINKING, QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS CHAPTER 3 LITERATURE – HOW TO USE EXISTING KNOWLEDGE TO HELP FORMULATE YOUR QUESTION CHAPTER 4 ETHICS – MAKING SURE THAT IN SEARCHING FOR THE ANSWER YOU DO NO HARM CHAPTER 5 RESEARCH IN A CULTURAL CONTEXT – MAKING SURE YOU’RE YOUR QUESTION AND METHODS OF OBTAINING AN ANSWER IS ATTENTIVE TO CULTURE CHAPTER 6 FOCUSING THE RESEARCH – CREATING THE CONDITIONS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN GETTING A "CORRECT AND USABLE ANSWER" CHAPTER 7 DATA GATHERING – HOW TO GET THE INFORMATION THAT WILL ANSWER THE QUESTION CHAPTER 8 SAMPLING – HOW MUCH INFORMATION DO I NEED AND HOW CAN I SEE THAT THE ANSWER IS A CORRECT REPRESENTATION CHAPTER 9 DATA ENTRY AND CLEANING – MAKING SURE THAT THE ANSWERS I OBTAIN ARE COMPLETE AND WITHOUR ERROR CHAPTER 10 INTRODUCTION TO MEASUREMENT – DIFFERENT WAYS TO MEASURE ANSWERS AND HOW TO DETERMINE THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR ANSWER
SECTION 2 FINDING DIFFERENCES
CHAPTER 11 ONE SAMPLE TESTS CHAPTER 12 TWO INDEPENDENT SAMPLE TESTS CHAPTER 13 TWO RELATED OR MATCHED SAMPLES CHAPTER 14 MULTIPLE (k) INDEPENDENT SAMPLES CHAPTER 15 MULTIPLE RELATED SAMPLES
SECTION III FINDING RELATIONSHIPS
CHAPTER 16 MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION AND CORRELATION CHAPTER 17 PREDICTION CHAPTER 18 INTERDEPENDENT ANALYSIS GLOSSARY