Behavioural and Mental Health Research
A Handbook of Skills and Methods
Edited by Glenys Parry, Fraser Watts
Psychology Press – 1995
Behavioural and Mental Health Research, 2nd Edition is a thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded version of the invaluable guide to research skills for psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and graduates training in those disciplines. It provides a series of practical guidelines for starting and carrying through any research project: from selecting the most appropriate approach, using computers, and analysing data to applying for funding, writing reports, and even how to enjoy your research! This second edition also includes chapters on methods of assessment, studying people in their social settings, and service evaluation and audit methods.
By considering a wide spectrum of different research methods the book gives the reader an insight into the assumptions underlying research. Quantitative methods using group design are described without assuming an advanced level of statistical knowledge. Qualitative, language-based methods and single case studies are explored as possible alternatives.
"The first edition of this handbook already sits on the bookshelves of numerous social science and mental health professionals within the research community, so the expanded, revised and updated second edition looks set to be a well-thumbed friend to many newcomers. The handbook provides a comprehensive and readable guide to the research process and includes helpful practical guidelines and examples to inspire researchers into action. A particular strength of this book lies in its honesty about the realities of conducting a research project. Three new interesting chapters in this edition cover domains of assessment (R. Edelmann); studying people in their social settings (J. Orford); and service evaluation and audit methods (G. Parry). If you are about to embark on a research project, have already done so but have lost your way, or that journal paper has just been rejected, this is the book to gladden your heart!"
- Kathryn Lewis, The Rygate Children's Centre, Sheffield
The handbook that Glenys Parry and Fraser Watts have put together is particularly welcome … It provides excellent practical guidelines on every aspect of research, including selecting the right approach, the use of computers, data analysis, writing up and applying for research grants … The chapter authors are well-established in their own areas. They write authoritatively, but in a way that does not alienate the relatively unsophisticated reader … Each chapter is well organised, and has references at the end of it, making the reader's life easy. The overall editing is excellent. This volume is a must for the libraries of all mental health service, research and teaching departments. As the price is not too high, one hopes that individuals too will acquire copies - if not for their bookshelves, for their desk tops, as the editors suggest in their preface."
- P. de Silva on the first edition, in Behaviour Research and Therapy
At last a book that provides a relatively painless introduction to the research process for clinicians! The editors are to be congratulated on producing a volume comprising fifteen chapters, each by a different author(s), which nevertheless is written in a uniformly accessible and concise style … as the editors hoped, it is the sort of book that clinicians wanting to do research should have on their desk tops.
- Jim Stevenson on the first edition, in the Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry
Part 1. Skills. More Fun, Less Stress - How to Survive in Research, R. Hodgson, S. Rollnick Preparing a Research Project, E. Miller The Selection and Development of Measures, G.E. Powell Domains of Assessment, R. Edelmann Analyzing Data, P.R. Jackson Using Computers, C.J. Colbourn Writing a Research Report, G. Parry Writing a Grant Application, N. Brooks Part 2. Methods. Experimental Abnormal Psychology, F.N. Watts Outcome Research, D.A. Shapiro Patient Series and Quasi-Experimental Designs, R.G. Owens et al. Qualitative Research, D.A. Good, F.N. Watts Single-Case Research, S. Morley Intensive Quantitative Methods, P. Alexander Studying People in their Social Settings, J. Orford Epidemiological and Survey Methods, D.J. Cooke Research in Service Planning and Evaluation, G. Shepherd Service Evaluation and Audit Methods, G. Parry