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Active researchers review the field's most critical research issues with Researching Community Psychology. This book gives a full view of the intent, process, and products of community psychological research while offering a balanced look at integrating the "tender" interests in bettering social welfare with the "tough" value of developing a reliable scientific body of knowledge. Issues from the most abstract to the most pragmatic are addressed, making this book an excellent research tool. Reprinted in softcover from the 1990 hardcover version.

Table of Contents





I. Overview

  1. Conversing About Theories, Methods, and Community Research
    —Patrick Tolan, Fern Chertok, Christopher Keys, and Leonard Jason
  2. Defining Excellence Criteria in Community Research
    —William R. Shadish, Jr.

II. Key Concepts: Five Approaches to Framing the Endeavor

  1. A Contextualist Epistemology for Ecological Research
    —Cynthia Kingry-Westergaard and James G. Kelly
  2. Developmental Analyses of Community Phenomena
    —Raymond P. Lorion
  3. Ways of Knowing and Organizational Approaches to Community Research
    —Stephanie Riger
  4. Research Methods and the Empowerment Social Agenda
    —Julian Rappaport
  5. Some Emerging Standards for Community Research and Action: Aid From a Behavioral Perspective
    —Stephen B. Fawcett
  6. Criteria of Excellence I. Models for Adventuresome Research in Community Psychology: Commonalities, Dilemmas, and Future Directions
    —David S. Glenwick, Kenneth Heller, Jean Ann Linney, and Kenneth I. Pargament

III. Hypothesis Generation: Framing the Question

  1. Pursuing the Meaning and Utility of Social Regularities for Community Psychology
    —Edward Seidman
  2. Criteria of Excellence II. Hypothesis Generation: Human Science and Attribute-Centered Social Regularities
    —Brenna H. Bry, Barton J. Hirsch, J. Robert Newbrough, Thomas M. Reischl, and Ralph W. Swindle

IV. Levels Of Analysis: Looking at the Person and the Setting

  1. Mixing and Matching: Levels of Conceptualization, Measurement, and Statistical Analysis in Community Research
    —Marybeth Shinn
  2. Theoretical Perspectives and Levels of Analysis
    1. Levels of Analysis as an Ecological Issue in the Relational Psychologies
      —Allan W. Wicker
    2. A Developmental Perspective on Multiple Levels of Analysis in Community Research
      —LaRue Allen
    3. Resolving the "Mixing and Matching" Problem: A View From the Organizational Perspective
      —Cary Cherniss
    4. Gee, But It's Great to Be Back Home: Multiple Levels From an Empowerment Perspective
      —William S. Davidson II
    5. Levels of Conceptualization in Community Research From a Behavioral Perspective
      —Maurice J. Elias
  3. Criteria of Excellence III. Methods of Studying Community Psychology
    1. Toward Excellence in Quantitative Community Research
      —Bruce D. Rapkin and Edward P. Mulvey
    2. Toward the Use of Qualitative Methodology in Community Psychology Research
      —Kenneth I. Maton
    3. Historical and Investigative Approaches to Community Research
      —Murray Levine
    4. Ecological Validity and the Deritualization of Process
      —N. Dickon Reppucci
    5. Person–Environment Interaction: The Question of Conceptual Validity
      —Stevan E. Hobfoll

V. Implementing Research: Tough and Tender in Action

  1. Implementing Research: Putting Our Values to Work
    —Irma Serrano-García
  2. Criteria of Excellence IV. Collaboration and Action
    1. Defining the Research Relationship: Maximizing Participation in an Unequal World
      —Meg A. Bond
    2. Fidelity and Adaptation: Combining the Best of Both Perspectives
      —Roger P. Weissberg
    3. Dissemination
      —Abraham Wandersman
    4. Data Feedback and Communication to the Host Setting
      —W. LaVome Robinson
    5. Research as Intervention
      —Carolyn F. Swift

VI. Using Theory and Methods in Community Research

  1. Reflections on a Conference
    1. Daring to Be Different: A Graduate Student's Perspective
      —Carolyn L. Feis
    2. A Cautionary Note About Adventuresome Research: Musings of a Junior Researcher
      —Ana Mari Cauce
    3. Partial Paradigms and Professional Identity: Observations on the State of Community Psychology Research
      —Edison J. Trickett
    4. What Can We Learn About Problems in Community Research by Comparing It With Program Evaluation?
      —William R. Shadish, Jr.
  2. An Aspiration for Community Research
    —Fern Chertok, Christopher Keys, Patrick Tolan, and Leonard Jason