International Focus Group Research

A Handbook for the Health and Social Sciences

Author: Monique M. Hennink

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139467611

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 9448

A practical and authoritative guide to conducting focus group discussions in health and social science research, with particular emphasis on using focus groups in developing country settings. Monique M. Hennink describes the procedures and challenges of each stage of international focus group research. This book demonstrates how to balance scientific rigour with the challenges of the research context, and guides readers to make informed research decisions. It includes unique field perspectives and case study examples of research in practice. Topics covered include: planning international field research; developing a fieldwork timetable and budget; seeking research permissions; translating research instruments; training a field team; developing a culturally appropriate discussion guide; participant recruitment strategies; conducting focus groups in another language; managing discussions in outdoor locations; group size and composition issues; transcription and translation of the group discussions; data analysis and reporting focus group research.

Focus Groups

A Practical Guide for Applied Research

Author: Richard A. Krueger

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483365220

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 8475

This updated edition of Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research walks readers step by step through the “how-tos” of conducting focus group research. Using an engaging, straightforward writing style, authors Richard A. Krueger and Mary Anne Casey draw on their many years of hands-on experience in the field to cut through theory and offer practical guidance on every facet of the focus group process, including tips for avoiding problems and pitfalls. The Fifth Edition is updated with the latest research and technological innovations and includes new coverage on planning with analysis in mind; creating conversational questions that have the potential for producing unique and valuable insights; the art of hosting a focus group; common sense thinking about reporting; more efficient strategies for planning the study; and emerging areas of focus group research, such as conducting cross-cultural, international, and Internet focus groups. “Krueger and Casey’s book does a magnificent job of incorporating both theoretical and practical approaches to the study of focus groups. It is the only hands-on book which explores the process of focus group research.” ? —Theresa Carilli, Purdue University Calumet

Research and Fieldwork in Development

Author: Daniel Hammett,Chasca Twyman,Mark Graham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134110812

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 8614

Research and Fieldwork in Development explores both traditional and cutting edge research methods, from interviews and ethnography to spatial data and digital methods. Each chapter provides the reader with an understanding of the theoretical basis of research methods, reflects upon their practice and outlines appropriate analysis techniques. The text also provides a cutting edge focus on the role of new media and technologies in conducting research. The final chapters return to a set of broader concerns in development research, providing a new and dynamic set of engagements with ethics and risk in fieldwork, integrating methods and engaging development research methods with knowledge exchange practices. Each chapter is supported by several case studies written by global experts within the field, documenting encounters and experiences and linking theory to practice. Each chapter is also complimented by an end of chapter summary, suggestions for further reading and websites, and questions for further reflection and practice. The text critically locates development research within the field of international development to give an accessible and comprehensive introduction to development research methods. This book provides an invaluable overview to the practice of international development research and serves as an essential resource for undergraduate and postgraduate student embarking of development fieldwork. It is supported by online resources including extended bibliographies for each chapter, example risk and ethic forms, example policy briefing notes, research reports, links to websites and data sources.

Focus Group Methodology

Principle and Practice

Author: Pranee Liamputtong

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1847879098

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 5096

A friendly introduction to the basics of focus group methods with an international feel and an ethical sensibility.

The Handbook for Focus Group Research

Author: Thomas L Greenbaum

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761912538

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

View: 6960

As one of the most popular tools for gathering information in today's market place, focus groups require understanding of purpose and good grounding in the technique to be effective. Thomas Greenbaum provides the latest information on conducting effective focus groups in this revised edition of The Handbook for Focus Group Research. New chapters discuss the technology revolution and its relevance to focus group research, with particular reference to the strengths and weaknesses of video conferencing and the Internet; the globalization of focus groups and the need to understand the major differences between focus group research in different countries, and how to compare results across national boundaries. Included are the physician and general practitioner focus group – a much sought-after segment for market research in the 1990’s by drug companies; and what to do about the persistent weaknesses in the focus group process caused by ineffective management of field services, unacceptable recruiting, lack of thoroughness in rescreening and lack of professionalism in general.

Methodologies on the Move

The Transnational Turn in Empirical Migration Research

Author: Anna Amelina,Thomas Faist,Devrimsel D. Nergiz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317850424

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

View: 8436

This volume establishes a new agenda for approaches to migration research and the corresponding methodologies. A wide range of international contributors focus on the question of how to overcome the so-called 'methodological nationalism' within empirical studies on migration. They address two main challenges: how to contextualize the empirical research field; and how to deal with national and ethnic categorizations within the empirical studies. Methodologies on the Move outlines, first of all, a new epistemological basis for migration research, which is pinpointing the relational concept of space. Second, building on the multi-sited method of ethnography, it provides detailed insights into novel qualitative and quantitative research designs. Third, it presents innovative data collection methods on geographic and virtual mobility, and on cross-border social practices. This volume transcends the early criticisms of 'methodological nationalism' in migration research and suggests both general methodological lines as well as helpful tools for empirical analysis. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Migration and Health

A Research Methods Handbook

Author: Marc B. Schenker,Xóchitl Castañeda,Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520277945

Category: Medical

Page: 536

View: 7631

This path-breaking handbook is the first to engage with the many unique issues that arise in the study of migrant communities, offering a comprehensive description of quantitative and qualitative methodologies useful in work with migrant populations. Simultaneous eBook.

Understanding Focus Group Discussions

Author: Monique M. Hennink

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199856168

Category: Medical

Page: 221

View: 8324

This volume guides readers on practical and theoretical considerations in conducting focus group research. Separate chapters are devoted to writing focus group methods and presenting findings. Strategies for assessing the quality of focus group research are included and case study examples of field research are provided throughout.

Handbook of Social Work with Groups

Author: Charles D. Garvin,Lorraine M. Guti‚rrez,Maeda J. Galinsky

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462532284

Category: Psychology

Page: 527

View: 568

This comprehensive handbook presents major theories of social work practice with groups and explores contemporary issues in designing and evaluating interventions. Students and practitioners gain an in-depth view of the many ways that groups are used to help people address personal problems, cope with disabilities, strengthen families and communities, resolve conflict, achieve social change, and more. Offering authoritative coverage of theoretical, practical, and methodological concerns--coupled with a clear focus on empowerment and diversity--this is an outstanding text for group work and direct practice courses.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods

Author: Pertti Alasuutari,Leonard Bickman,Julia Brannen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473971268

Category: Social Science

Page: 648

View: 6005

The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods is a must for every social-science researcher. It charts the new and evolving terrain of social research methodology, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods in one volume. The Handbook includes chapters on each phase of the research process: research design, methods of data collection, and the processes of analyzing and interpreting data. The volume maintains that there is much more to research than learning skills and techniques; methodology involves the fit between theory, research questions research design and analysis. The book also includes several chapters that describe historical and current directions in social research, debating crucial subjects such as qualitative versus quantitative paradigms, how to judge the credibility of types of research, and the increasingly topical issue of research ethics. The Handbook serves as an invaluable resource for approaching research with an open mind. This volume maps the field of social research methods using an approach that will prove valuable for both students and researchers.

Handbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Care Services

Author: Cruz-Cunha, Maria Manuela

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466639873

Category: Medical

Page: 978

View: 9747

In addition to creating the opportunity for collaboration, transformation, and innovation in the healthcare industry, technology plays an essential role in the development of human well-being and psychological growth. Handbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Services is a comprehensive collection of relevant research on technology and its developments of ICTs in healthcare and social services. This book focuses on the emerging trends in the social and healthcare sectors such as social networks, security of ICTs, and advisory services, beneficial to researchers, scholars, students, and practitioners to further their interest in technological advancements.

The Focus Group Research Handbook

Author: Holly Edmunds

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071394536

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 5879

The Focus Group Research Handbook is a comprehensive guide to contracting with a market research vendor to create a customized focus group study for your business or organization. Author Holly Edmunds thoroughly explains and simplifies the methodology of focus group studies, and comprehensively outlines the steps you'll need to follow to implement and then analyze focus group research. From designing research vendor questionnaires, to selecting an effective moderator, from analyzing results to turning those results into workplace gains, this book will provide you with all the tools and tips you'll need to simplify the focus group process.

Innovative Institutions, Public Policies and Private Strategies for Agro-enterprise Development

Author: Ralph D. Christy,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 340

View: 9636

This book contains the major papers presented at the symposium, which feature a wide range of country and regional experiences and examine the influence of markets and technology transfer to agro-enterprises on food security, poverty and economic growth. This volume will enrich existing knowledge of agro-enterprises as a channel for promoting inclusive growth and reducing poverty levels across developing and emerging markets.

The Handbook of Group Research and Practice

Author: Susan A. Wheelan

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452261865

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 608

View: 5876

The Handbook of Group Research and Practice is a unique interdisciplinary resource that integrates what is known about group research and practice across the disciplines and professions. The chapters have been written by world-renowned researchers and practitioners who work with teams and groups in a variety of settings. As a result, this Handbook provides students, academics, and practitioners with the most comprehensive understanding about the latest findings and issues in group research and practice.

Handbook of Emergent Methods

Author: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber,Patricia Leavy

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462514804

Category: Social Science

Page: 740

View: 4864

Social researchers increasingly find themselves looking beyond conventional methods to address complex research questions. This is the first book to comprehensively examine emergent qualitative and quantitative theories and methods across the social and behavioral sciences. Providing scholars and students with a way to retool their research choices, the volume presents cutting-edge approaches to data collection, analysis, and representation. Leading researchers describe alternative uses of traditional quantitative and qualitative tools; innovative hybrid or mixed methods; and new techniques facilitated by technological advances. Consistently formatted chapters explore the strengths and limitations of each method for studying different types of research questions and offer practical, in-depth examples.

Focus Groups in Social Research

Author: Michael Bloor

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761957430

Category: Social Science

Page: 110

View: 2219

There is an increasing divergence of focus group practice between social researchers and commercial market researchers. This book addresses the key issues and practical requirements of the social researcher, namely: the kinds of social research issues for which focus groups are most and least suitable; optimum group size and composition; and the designing of focusing exercises, facilitation and appropriate analysis. The authors use examples, drawn from their own focus groups research experience, and provide exercises for further study. They address the three main components of composition, conduct and analysis in focus group research and also acknowledge the increasing impact the Internet has had on social research by cover

Handbook for Team-based Qualitative Research

Author: Greg Guest,Kathleen M. MacQueen

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759109117

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

View: 6813

A handbook for the methodology of team-based qualitative research in the social sciences.

Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health

Author: Carol S. Aneshensel,Jo C. Phelan,Alex Bierman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400742762

Category: Social Science

Page: 636

View: 5616

This second edition of the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health features theory-driven reviews of recent research with a comprehensive approach to the investigation of the ways in which society shapes the mental health of its members and the lives of those who have been diagnosed as having a mental illness The award-winning Handbook is distinctive in its focus on how the organization and functioning of society influences the occurrence of mental disorder and its consequences. A core issue that runs throughout the text concerns the differential distribution of mental illness across various social strata, defined by status characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and age. The contributions to this volume shed light on the social, cultural, and economic factors that explain why some social groups have an elevated risk of disorder. They also address the social repercussions of mental disorder for individuals, including stigmatization within the larger society, and for their families and social networks. The second edition of this seminal volume includes substantial updates to previous chapters, as well as seven new chapters on: -The Individual’s Experience of Mental Illness.--The Medicalization of Mental Illness.---Age, Aging, and Mental Health.- -Religion and Mental Health.- -Neighborhoods and Mental Health.- -Mental Health and the Law—and Public Beliefs about Mental Illness.

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology

Author: Mika Kivimäki,David G. Batty,Ichiro Kawachi,Andrew Steptoe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317375122

Category: Psychology

Page: 408

View: 3345

The health effects of psychosocial factors are a widely discussed and controversial topic. Do positive and negative emotions affect our risk of developing physical disease? Are depressive individuals more likely to have cancer than those with an optimistic outlook on life? And what is the role of IQ in staying healthy and recovering from disease? Importantly, can we improve our health and life expectancy by avoiding certain psychosocial risk factors and maximizing positive psychological well-being? These and other questions are the focus of psychosocial epidemiology, a discipline linking psychological, social and biological sciences. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology is the first book to map this growing discipline. Including contributions from many of the leading researchers in the field, it is divided into five sections: Part I: Methodological challenges in studying psychosocial factors and health; Part II: Psychosocial factors in the etiology and prognosis of chronic diseases; Part III: Controversies in the psychosocial approach; Part IV: Interventions and policy implications Part V: Future research directions Taking advantage of a huge growth in research in recent years, the book provides the reader with the essentials to evaluate the diverse set of studies on psychosocial factors and health that are published today, and describes study designs in this field of research, progress in judging the validity of epidemiological evidence, as well as challenges in translating evidence into action. This is an important and timely book. Providing methodological rigour, critical analysis and the policy implications of this emerging field of study, The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers within both behavioural and medical sciences, as well as policy makers and others working in health and social care.

The Handbook of the Psychology of Communication Technology

Author: S. Shyam Sundar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118426525

Category: Social Science

Page: 600

View: 312

The Handbook of the Psychology of Communication Technology offers an unparalleled source for seminal and cutting-edge research on the psychological aspects of communicating with and via emergent media technologies, with leading scholars providing insights that advance our knowledge on human-technology interactions. • A uniquely focused review of extensive research on technology and digital media from a psychological perspective • Authoritative chapters by leading scholars studying psychological aspects of communication technologies • Covers all forms of media from Smartphones to Robotics, from Social Media to Virtual Reality • Explores the psychology behind our use and abuse of modern communication technologies • New theories and empirical findings about ways in which our lives are transformed by digital media