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Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology


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Introduction to Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology - Lucy Yardley and David F Marks Getting Started - Nichola Rumsey and David F Marks The Practicalities of Doing Research Qualitative Data Collection - Sue Wilkinson, H[ac]el[gr]ene Joffe and Lucy Yardley Interviews and Focus Groups Content and Thematic Analysis - H[ac]el[gr]ene Joffe and Lucy Yardley Qualitative Analysis of Experience - Kerry Chamberlain, Paul Camic and Lucy Yardley Grounded Theory and Case Studies Qualitative Analysis of Talk and Text - Lucy Yardley and Michael Murray Discourse and Narrative Analysis Observation and Action Research - Claire Ballinger, Lucy Yardley and Sheila Payne Questionnaires and Surveys - David F Marks Analysis of Questionnaire and Survey Data - David Clark-Carter and David F Marks Intervention Studies - David Clark-Carter and David F Marks Design and Analysis Synthesising Evidence - David F Marks and Catherine Marie Sykes Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analysis and Preference Analysis

About the Author

DAVID F. MARKS served as Head of the School of Psychology at Middlesex Polytechnic, and as Head of the Department of Psychology at City University, London, UK. Previously David held positions at the University of Sheffield, UK, and at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His other books include The Psychology of the Psychic (1980, with R. Kammann), Theories of Image Formation (1986), Imagery: Current Developments (1990, with J.T.E. Richardson and P. Hampson), The Quit For Life Programme: An Easier Way to Stop Smoking and Not Start Again (1993), Improving the Health of the Nation (1996, with C. Francome), Dealing With Dementia: Recent European Research (2000, with C.M. Sykes), The Psychology of the Psychic (Revised Edition) (2000), The Health Psychology Reader (2002), Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology (2004, with L. Yardley), and Overcoming Your Smoking Habit (2005). David is the Editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and Health Psychology Open. After completing my first degree in psychology I trained and practiced clinically as an audiological scientist (testing and rehabilitating people with hearing and balance difficulties), before moving back into psychology to undertake a PhD. After a brief period as a non-clinical scientist at the MRC Unit in Numan Movement and Balance (National Hospital for Neurology, Queen Square, London). I became a lecturer and then senior lecturer in Psychology as Applied to Medicine at University College London. Returning to my home town of Southampton, I was appointed a Reader and then Professor of Health Psychology. I try to warn people that I have great difficulty recognising faces due to developmental prosopagnosia or 'face-blindness', which neuroscientists are now discovering is more common than was previously thought, affecting about 1 person in 50 (https://www.faceblind.org/people/yardley08jpsychosomres.pdf). The main effect of this is to make me appear very rude when I fail to recognise people I have met, so please say Hello when you meet me - I will remember you and our previous meeting, just not your face!


'The books gives a detailed treatment of a range of important methods. It will strike a chord with applied psychologists in particular - but will also be of interest to healthcare professionals generally

If you are teaching postgraduate research methods courses, including those aimed at a mixture of psychologists and other health professionals, this book is worth considering as a core text'

- John Hegarty, THES 'Most texts on research methods focus either on qualitative approaches or on quantitative approaches. A unique feature of this book is that the editors and authors are experts on both qualitative and quantitative methods, and that these two approaches to research in clinical and health psychology are given equal weight. The philosophy that guides this book is that different methods have different advantages and are used for different purposes, but that the understanding of substantive research issues such as medication adherence can benefit from the use of multiple methods. The methods are described in sufficient detail that readers can learn how to apply them without needing to consult other sources' -Stephen Sutton, University of Cambridge

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