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Research in Practice for Forensic Professionals


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Part 1: Introduction to Forensic Research 1. Conducting Research in Forensic Settings: Philosophical and Practical Issues, Jason Davies, Kerry Sheldon and Kevin Howells 2. Ethical Problems Arising in Forensic and Correctional Research, Tony Ward and Gwenda Willis Part 2: Risk, Investigative and Criminal Justice Research 3. Risk Research, Michael Doyle 4. Facet Theory and Multi-Dimensional Scaling Methods in Forensic Research, Jennifer Brown 5. Court Relevant Research Methods, Matthew A. Palmer, Ruth Horry, and Neil Brewer Part 3: Approaches at the Qualitative Level 6. Qualitative Research With Staff In Forensic Settings: A Grounded Theory Example, Neil Gordon 7. Using Qualitative Methods to Research Offenders and Forensic Patients, Dennis Howitt Part 4: Assessing Individual Change 8. Single Case Methodologies, Jason Davies and Kerry Sheldon 9. The Idiographic Measurement of Change, Sean Hammond 10. Functional Analysis, Michael Daffern Part 5: Approaches at the Group Level 10. Strengths and Weaknesses of Randomised Control Trials, Clive R. Hollin 11. Evaluation of Regimes and Environments, Matt Tonkin and Kevin Howells 12. Evaluating the quality of criminal justice programmes, Andrew Day 13. Treatment and Rehabilitation Evaluation and Large Scale Outcomes, James McGuire 14. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis, Michael Ferriter 15. Conclusion, Kevin Howells, Kerry Sheldon and Jason Davies

About the Author

Kerry Sheldon is Research Fellow at Rampton High Secure Hospital. She has worked for the probation service in sex offender treatment and as a lecturer in psychology and criminology.a Jason Davies is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Lead Psychologist in Rehabilitation/Recovery and Low Secure Services with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Kevin Howells trained initially as a clinical psychologist before specialising in forensic work. He has worked as a practitioner in a range of forensic mental health services in the UK and the USA as well as holding a number of academic positions and publishing extensively in the field.


'There is no single way to do good research. The Editors of this text have taken a broad perspective, and contributions cover a wide range of research issues and specific methods applicable in forensic work. Chapters are authored by leading researchers, who explain their methods clearly, without sacrificing detail. This book will certainly be of use to students who are developing their research skills. I would also strongly recommend it to qualified practitioners who wish to gather information about their service users, evaluate their interventions, or better understand the systems in which they work with offenders. Whether your job is to catch and convict offenders, or to work with them to reduce risk, in this book you will find a way to answer some of the important questions you have no doubt asked in the past.' -- Professor Mary McMurran, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham

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