Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research

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Item #: 4316136
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1115-9
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Copyright: 2012
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A companion website has been created for purchasers of this book. Readers will find downloadable data sets for the research applications that pertain to the chapters in Parts II–IV of the volume.


Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research offers innovative research tools that are most effective for understanding social problems in general and change in complex person-environment systems at the community level. Methodological pluralism and mixed-methods research are the overarching themes in this groundbreaking edited volume, as contributors explain cutting-edge research methodologies that analyze data in special groupings, over time, or within various contexts. As such, the methodologies presented here are holistic and culturally valid, and support contextually grounded community interventions.

This volume features web appendices that include a variety of research applications (e.g., SPSS, SAS, GIS) and guidelines for the accompanying data sets. The extensive illustrations and case studies in Methodological Approaches will give readers a comprehensive understanding of community-level phenomena and a rich appreciation for the way collaboration across behavioral science disciplines leads to more effective community-based interventions.

A companion website has been created for purchasers of this book. Readers will find downloadable data sets for the research applications that pertain to the chapters in Parts II–IV of the volume.

Table of Contents


Raymond P. Lorion



  1. Introduction: An Overview of Methodological Innovations in Community Research
    Leonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick

I. Pluralism and Mixed Methods in Community Research

  1. Philosophical Foundations of Mixed Methods Research: Implications for Research Practice
    Jacob Kraemer Tebes
  2. Methodological Pluralism: Implications for Consumers and Producers of Research
    Chris Barker and Nancy Pistrang
  3. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: An Example of Mixed Methods Research
    Rebecca Campbell, Katie A. Gregory, Debra Patterson, and Deborah Bybee

II. Methods Involving Grouping of Data

  1. Clustering and Its Applications in Community Research
    Allison B. Dymnicki and David B. Henry
  2. The Person-Oriented Approach and Community Research
    G. Anne Bogat, Nicole Zarrrett, Stephen C. Peck, and Alexander von Eye
  3. Meta-Analysis in Community-Oriented Research
    Joseph A. Durlak and Molly Pachan

III. Methods Involving Change Over Time

  1. Time-Series Analysis in Community-Oriented Research
    Bettina B. Hoeppner and Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
  2. Survival Analysis in Prevention and Intervention Programs
    Christian M. Connell

IV. Methods Involving Contextual Factors

  1. Multilevel Modeling: Method and Application for Community-Based Research
    Nathan R. Todd, Nicole E. Allen, and Shabnam Javdani
  2. Epidemiologic Approaches to Community-Based Research
    Leonard A. Jason, Nicole Porter, and Alfred Rademaker
  3. Applying Geographic Information Systems to Community Research
    Cory M. Morton, N. Andrew Peterson, Paul W. Speer, Robert J. Reid, and Joseph Hughey
  4. Economic Cost Analysis for Community-Based Interventions
    Anthony T. Lo Sasso and Leonard A. Jason

James G. Kelly


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Leonard A. Jason, PhD, is a professor of psychology at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, where he heads the Center for Community Research. He has authored over 550 articles and 77 book chapters on recovery homes for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse; preventive school-based interventions; media interventions; chronic fatigue syndrome; and program evaluation. He has been on the editorial boards of seven peer-reviewed psychology journals and has edited or written 23 books.

He has served on review committees of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health and has received more than $26 million in federal grants to support his research. He is a former president of APA's Division of Community Psychology and a past editor of The Community Psychologist.

He has received three media awards from APA, and he is frequently asked to comment on policy issues for the media.

Dr. Jason is the recipient of the 2011 Perpich Award from the International Association for CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis) for distinguished service to the CFS/ME community.

David S. Glenwick, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Fordham University, New York, NY, where he also has been the director of the graduate program in clinical psychology and co-coordinator of its specialization in clinical child and family psychology. He has authored more than 110 articles and edited four books, primarily in the areas of community and preventive psychology, clinical child psychology and developmental disabilities, and the teaching of psychology.

Dr. Glenwick is a former president of the American Association of Correctional Psychology and a former editor of the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior. He is a fellow of seven APA divisions and has been a member of the APA Continuing Education Committee.

Dr. Glenwick has been on the editorial boards of four professional journals and is currently the chair of the New York State Psychological Association's Continuing Education Committee.

Reviews & Awards

The value of this slim volume is its laser focus on several theoretically sound and versatile contemporary research methods.
Journal of Mixed Methods Research

This book meets its goal to specifically address the gap in research methods literature for community researchers. It builds bridges between community theories and methods, and other disciplines, such as public health and economics, which can be highly useful for those who wish to be, or are, engaged in interdisciplinary work. Because it delivers what was promised, I recommend it for all intended audiences.
—Susan Wolfe, Evaluation & the Health Professions

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research (2012) edited by Jason and Glenwick. The book provides an overview of multiple methods that are not provided in the first two graduate statistics courses but nevertheless are very important for the practice of community psychology. The book is appropriate for a third course in statistics or as a supplemental book for a methods course. It is clearly and simply written and should be popular with students, practitioners, and researchers…This book has an excellent companion website that includes additional materials provided by each author such as figures, files explaining how to conduct analyses in the chapters, and data sets.
—Burke Johnson, The Global Journal for Community Psychology Practice

Even if the reader skips the advanced statistics, understandings offered in this volume will level the playing field for researcher-community partnership. This volume is an important contribution to the field, and will be extremely useful to both students, academics and practitioners.
—Daryl Isenberg, Journal of Groups & Addiction and Recovery

Methodological Approaches will become an often sought resource for me…
—Patrick Corrigan, The Community Psychologist

This book is illustrative of the ongoing implications of the immense steps committee psychologists talk in forging new approaches to psychology. It is as valuable for what it is implicit and what is made explicit. It serves to provide the discipline with further avenues to explore what a contextualize science really means.
The Australian Community Psychologist

This book is useful…in not just simply asserting that qualitative methods need to be added to the community psychologists' armamentarium. The text provides a sophisticated discussion of the many different ways this kind of effort proceeds. Anchored in community-based participatory research, the book provides a reasoned discussion of the benefits and limitations of qualitative/quantitative pluralism, and conservative ways in which the cost ratio can be maximized.
The Community Psychologist

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