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Doing mental health research with children and adolescents: A guide to qualitative methods.Researching child and adolescent mental health can be a daunting task, but with the right practical skills and knowledge your students can transform the way they work with children and young people, giving them a ‘voice’ through their research in the wider community. Michelle O'Reilly and Nikki Parker combine their clinical, academic and research expertise to take your students step-by-step through each stage of the research process. From first inception to data collection and dissemination, they’ll guide them through the key issues faced when undertaking their research, highlighting the dilemmas, challenges and debates, and exploring the important questions asked when doing research with this population. Providing practical advice and strategies for dealing with the reality of conducting research in practice, this book will; - Provide your students with an overview of the theories that underpin methodological choice and the value of using qualitative research. - Guide them through the planning stage of your project, clearly outlining important ethical and legal issues. - Take them through the most popular qualitative data collection techniques and support them with their analysis. - Help them write up their findings and demonstrate how research evidence translates into effective clinical practice. Supported by helpful hints and tips, case examples and definitions of key terms, this highly practical and accessible guide throws a lifebelt to any students or mental health practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.
The Value of Discourse Analysis: A Clinical Psychologist’s View.As a discipline, Clinical Psychology has historically favoured a positivist approach to understanding human behaviour, and clinical psychological practice has been largely informed by research based on quantitative methods. Psychologists have tended to exploit the methodologies of the natural sciences by measuring phenomena (Peters, 2010). This bias towards quantitative research may at least in part be a function of how the discipline of psychology has from its genesis, been careful to define itself as a science. It seems that the development of a broader engagement with alternative methods has largely grown from challenges to psychology’s conception of what constitutes science, and debates regarding its merits developed in relation to our thinking about science (Biggerstaff, 2012). The growth of qualitative methods in psychology is therefore relatively new despite the rich history of the approach (Howitt, 2010). However, now that psychology is more securely established, this has begun to lead to a refreshing openness to embrace qualitative process methodology as well as outcome research.