Understanding Social Work Research

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/5/2012
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

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In this thoroughly revised and updated version, Hugh McLaughlin offers an accessible and authoritative guide to the nature of social work research. With a new introduction and the inclusion of up to date case studies, the book clearly demonstrates how research-mindedness is key to improving social work practice. Containing case examples, reflective questions and chapter summaries the book takes a student-friendly approach throughout. National and international contexts are reviewed to demonstrate best practice in social work decision making. The Second Edition considers research in relation to a number of important social work themes, including ethics, anti-oppressive practice, service user research, evidence-based practice and interprofessional work. The book will help readers: critically reflect on their own social work practice; assess, appraise and apply research; effectively advocate on behalf of service-users; confidently engage in debates about the profession; and reflect on legislative and policy developments. Understanding Social Work Research is a clear and accessible guide to the subject. The book will provide invaluable support to undergraduates, graduates and practitioners working in the field of social work.

Table of Contents

Why Research for Social Work?
The Research Business
The Philosophy of Social Research
Ethical Issues in Social Work Research
Research and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Evidence-Informed Practice
Getting Research into Practice
Involving Service Users in Research
Interdisciplinary Practice and Research
Whither Research for Social Work: Future Challenges and Opportunities
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