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Clinician's Guide to Research Methods in Family Therapy


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Table of Contents

1. Learning to Apply Research: Why Bother?
I. Research Foundations
2. Measurement
3. Internal Validity and Experiments
4. External Validity and Sampling
5. Survey Research
6. Qualitative Research
7. Miscellaneous Research Designs
8. Ethics and Values in Research
9. Descriptive Statistics
10. Inferential Bivariate Statistics
11. A Beginner's Guide to Multivariate Statistics
II. Evidence-Based Practice
12. What Is an Evidence-Based Approach?
13. Ask and Acquire: Creating Questions and Conducting a Search
14. Appraise: Reading and Evaluating Research Articles and Systematic Reviews
15. Apply I: Translating Research Findings into Clinical Practice
16. Apply II: Utilizing Couple and Family Therapy Research in Clinical Practice
17. Apply III: How to Talk to Clients about an Evidence-Based Approach
18. Analyze and Adjust: Evaluating Your Clinical Work
19. The Future of Evidence-Based Practice: Looking into the Crystal Ball
Appendix I. Evidence-Based Practice Pocket Guide (the Five A's)
Appendix II. Guide to Evaluating Research Studies
Appendix III. Evidence-Based Practice Resources

About the Author

Lee Williams, PhD, LMFT, is Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. His research interests include family therapy training, marriage preparation, and couples with religious differences. Dr. Williams is coauthor (with JoEllen Patterson, Todd M. Edwards, et al.) of Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Second Edition, and Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists. JoEllen Patterson, PhD, LMFT, is Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. She is also a voluntary Clinical Associate Professor in the Divisions of Family Medicine and Global Health as well as the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She serves on the editorial boards of Families, Systems, and Health and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Patterson is coauthor (with Todd M. Edwards et al.) of The Therapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology, Revised Edition. Her Fulbright Scholarships have allowed her to work in Norway, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. Todd M. Edwards, PhD, LMFT, is Professor and Director of the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego, and provides individual and family therapy in the Division of Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. His research and teaching interests focus on the integration of family-oriented mental health services into primary care settings; family therapy training; and male friendship in adulthood. He is Associate Editor of Families, Systems, and Health.


"Williams, Patterson, and Edwards have created a resource where none existed before--an accessible book about research for practitioners and students working with couples and families. The first part of the book provides a wonderfully succinct primer on research methods; the second part treads previously unexplored territory by offering an entree into evidence-based practice. The volume guides readers to the essential information they need about research: what it is, how to find and appraise it, how best to incorporate evidence-based methods into practice, and how to evaluate clients' progress. This book should become the core research methods text for master's-level programs in marital and family therapy, counseling, and psychology."--Jay L. Lebow, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, Senior Scholar and Clinical Professor, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

"Ideally suited for students and therapists invested in learning more about the research process in order to be optimally effective clinicians. This reader-friendly text, written by leaders in the marital and family therapy field, brings research to life in a way that is engaging, comprehensible, and clinically applicable. By mastering effective strategies for integrating state-of-the-art research into practice, clinicians at all stages of development will find their psychotherapeutic endeavors and outcomes enhanced enormously."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University; past president, American Psychological Association

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