Strengthening Research Methodology: Psychological Measurement and Evaluation

Pages: 299
Item #: 4318026
ISBN: 978-1-59147-324-4
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Copyright: 2006
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Overview

Strengthening Research Methodology: Psychological Measurement and Evaluation both explores and demonstrates how measurement, methodology, and evaluation in psychology have been influenced by preeminent scholar Lee Sechrest. Volume editors Richard R. Bootzin and Patrick McKnight have gathered researchers from across the discipline and from around the world to present recent studies and to acknowledge the role Sechrest has played as a mentor and leader in the field. Although the chapters are drawn from widely different domains, they all exhibit the main theme of the volume: Sechrest's emphasis on excellence and realism in measurement and methodology.

Contributors present their work on such methodological topics as the advantages of random assignment, the problem of rear-end validity, how to use formative evaluation, and issues surrounding measuring social environments and using data visualization. Chapters about altruism among "Holocaust rescuers," therapeutic mechanisms of change, and the prediction of behavior through clinical assessment illustrate important methodological quandaries while simultaneously presenting compelling original research.

This rich volume, capped by a Foreword by Thomas D. Cook and and Epilogue by Robert Boruch, is a fitting tribute to Sechrest, and a valuable book for all researchers and students of methodology in psychology.

Table of Contents

Contributors

Series Forward

Volume Foreword
—Thomas D. Cook

Acknowledgments

Introduction
—Richard R. Bootzin and Patrick E. McKnight

I. Excellence and Realism in Measurement

  1. Researching Teaching: The Problem of Studying a System Resistant to Change
    —Ronald Gallimore and Rossella Santagata
  2. Heroic Rescue During the Holocaust: Empirical and Methodological Perspectives
    —Elizabeth Midlarsky, Stephanie Fagin Jones, and Robin K. Nemeroff
  3. Understanding Social Contexts and Coping: Connections With Intervention Programs
    —Rudolf H. Moos
  4. Stress, Coping, and Outcome in Cognitive Therapy
    —Lawrence H. Cohen, Kathleen C. Gunthert, and Andrew C. Butler

II. Methodology in Research and Evaluation

  1. Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy: Advances, Breakthroughs, and Cutting-Edge Research (Do Not Yet Exist)
    —Alan E. Kazdin
  2. Treatment Strength and Integrity: Models and Methods
    —David S. Cordray and Georgine M. Pion
  3. Random Assignment: A Systematic Review
    —Souraya Sidani
  4. Propensity Scores and Quasi-Experiments: A Testimony to the Practical Side of Lee Sechrest
    —William R. Shadish, Jason K. Luellen, and M. H. Clark
  5. Seeing Your Data: Using Modern Statistical Graphics to Display and Detect Relationships
    —Stephen G. West

III. Validity and Measurement in Evaluation

  1. How to Fool Yourself With Experiments in Testing Theories in Psychological Research
    —Werner W. Wittmann and Petra L. Klumb
  2. Improving Prediction From Clinical Assessment: The Roles of Measurement, Psychometric Theory, and Decision Theory
    —Timothy R. Stickle and Carl F. Weems

IV. Methodology Mentoring

  1. Rear End Validity: A Caution
    —Bradley H. Smith
  2. The Nature of Scientific Legacy: The Case of Lee Sechrest
    —Patrick E. McKnight, Katherine M. McKnight, and A. J. Figueredo

Epilogue
—Robert Boruch

Bibliography of Lee B. Sechrest

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors