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Research Methods in Family Therapy


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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

About the Author

Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, is professor and director of the doctoral program in marriage and family therapy at Purdue University. He is a former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Sprenkle has received three major career honors from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): the Cumulative Career Contribution in Family Therapy Research Award, the Training Award, and the Significant Contribution to Family Therapy Award. He has also received the Osborne Award for excellence in teaching from the National Council on Family Relations. Among his seven books, Dr. Sprenkle is the editor of Effectiveness Research in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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.


'... something for everyone; clinicians, students/novice researchers, and experienced family scientists... one of the most important contributions this text makes to the field is that of opening up the world of research to clinicians who may lack this training... rich illustrations of clients and therapy sessions commonly experienced by clinicians make these methodologies germane to their everyday work. Kudos to the chapter authors for revealing the relevance these methodologies have for improving one's clinical work as well... I cannot congratulate and thank the authors and editors enough.' - Journal of Family Therapy '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

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