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By Margaret Alston, Wendy Bowles

As social paintings perform has turn into more and more subtle, the position of study in social paintings has turn into extra serious. this day examine is proper to nearly each quarter of social paintings perform, from opting for wishes within the preliminary phases of an intervention, to making plans a plan of action, and at last comparing perform. Springing from the study traditions of sociology and psychology, social paintings is now constructing its personal learn orientation and data base. Research for Social Workers is an obtainable creation to analyze equipment in particular wanted in social paintings and social welfare. It outlines the foremost phases of study initiatives step-by-step, overlaying either quantitative and qualitative tools. It bargains motives of the way to mix those traditions in perform, in addition to instructions to analysing effects and reporting. additionally it is chapters on wishes review and application assessment, either talents crucial for human carrier staff. Research for Social Workers is written for researchers with no robust maths heritage. Illustrated with examples, and followed by means of routines and questions, it really is an incredible creation for newbies to investigate, and a reference for more matured social paintings researchers who wish to enhance their talents.

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One of the main elements of ‘decidophobia’ is wanting to do too much at once. You cannot possibly solve all the problems, or even answer all the questions you have, in one research project! The first lesson in defining your research problem, then, is accepting that you will only ever be able to research a little part of the issue in which you are interested. This is often a disappointment to the beginning researcher. Be warned, and warn those with whom you are researching: you will always have to narrow down your research topic and address only some of the issues that interest you.

This book contains many examples and tools for undertaking quantitative research in social work. Chapter 6 offers a comprehensive description of experimental designs applied to social work. Yegidis, B. , Weinbach, W. W. & Morrison-Rodriguez, B. 1999, Research Methods for Social Workers, 3rd edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston. Part 1 covers an overview of the differences between quantitative and qualitative research, and a detailed chapter on ethics. au 36 DAGLISH STREET CURTIN ACT 2605 26 152 x 230 mm 2 CHOOSING YOUR TOPIC AREA Choosing your topic area In the next two chapters we will explore choosing your research topic, and then examine how to transform the issue, problem or area in which you are interested into researchable questions.

In social work research, the unit of analysis is usually an individual, a group or a social artifact (Marlow 1998). In Sarantakos’ (1994) study, the major unit of analysis was the couple, rather than the individual people making up the couple. Sarantakos described three basic types of couples: couples where both parties had experienced cohabitation before marriage, couples where one member had, and couples where neither member had experienced prior cohabitation. Studies can use more than one unit of analysis.

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