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Counseling Research Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2016-01-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Concise and lucid writing made this book in its first edition the leading research methods text written specifically for counselors. 

The text introduces reader to the basics of how to do research–from formulating a problem, doing a literature review, selecting a design, collecting and analyzing data, through reporting results. It also provides readers with the information they need to become intelligent consumers of published research. Covering a broad range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs, as well as action research and program evaluation, the text presents the most common types of research used in the field of counseling.


From reviews of the text:


“The content is strong and clearly explained. . . . This is the best [counseling research text] I have seen.”

                –Monica Osburn, UNC-Pembroke and Webster


“The majority of my students report it is easy to follow and understand, even those with limited research knowledge. . . .  So often I find counseling students viewing research methods courses as courses they must just ‘get through’ and not ones that will help them in their future careers.  This book . . . does help students understand how this knowledge can benefit them in their future practice.

–Ryan Melton, Portland State University


“The book is very clear and concise, and it is an easy text for the students to understand. The many examples used throughout the text and sample paper are great resources for the students. . . .  It is relevant to counseling students, it has information required by CACREP, and it is a comprehensive research textbook that is easy for students to follow. The examples given are superb . . . .”

–Lakitta D. Johnson, Jackson State University


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Author Biography

Dr. Carl J. Sheperis serves as Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Populations at Lamar University. He is a Past-President of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Associate Editor for Quantitative Research for the Journal of Counseling and Development, and a Director for the National Board for Certified Counselors. Practice. In addition to this textbook Dr. Sheperis is an author of: Assessment Procedures for Helping Professionals, Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice, The Student Handbook for Online Counselor Education, and The Peace Train. He is also published in various textbooks, academic journals, and reference volumes. A frequent speaker and presenter at professional conferences and workshops, as well, Carl Sheperis has appeared at such recent events as the International Autism Conference, the American Counseling Association World Conference, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, the National Assessment Conference, and the National Head Start Conference.


Scott Young, Ph.D., NCC, LPC is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His leadership in the field has included service as past-president of the Association for Spiritual Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, as a member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee for the American Counseling Association. He has served as an editorial board member for numerous journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Counseling and Values and Counselor Education and Supervision. He is co-editor of the book Integrating Spirituality into Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice and the text Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Single Subject Design. He has published numerous articles on the interface of clinical practice with spirituality and religion. Awards Dr. Young as received include ACA Fellow, the Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values, the Alumni Excellence Awarded from the Department of Counseling and Educational Development and UNCG.


M. Harry Daniels is Professor of Counselor Education and Director of the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education at the University of Florida.  Dr. Daniels is active in several divisions of the American Counseling Association, including ACES, IAMFC, and CSJ. He is also a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and also holds the Approved Supervisor status.  Dr. Daniels was a member of the Standards Revision Committee that developed the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Professionals (CACREP) 2009 Standards. He has also served as a consultant for a number of public and private universities who were seeking CACREP Accreditation.  Dr. Daniels has been actively involved in the training and supervision of school counselors and marriage and family therapists for over 30 years.  His current research involves identifying how primary social institutions (e.g., families, neighborhoods, and schools) have direct and indirect effects on students’ academic performance and what schools can do to ameliorate these effects.

Table of Contents

PART 1 An Introduction to Research in Counseling

Chapter 1 Contemporary Issues in Counseling Research 1

Chapter 2 Ethical Consideration in the Practice of Research 15

Chapter 3 Reviewing the Literature 30

Chapter 4 Methodological Issues 58

Chapter 5 Basic Statistical Concepts and Descriptive Statistics 76

PART 2 Quantitative Research Designs

Chapter 6 Experimental Designs 103

Chapter 7 Predictive Designs 121

Chapter 8 Single-Case Research Designs 141

PART 3 Qualitative Research Designs and Program Evaluation

Chapter 9 Case Study Research 170

Chapter 10 Grounded Theory Methodology 191

Chapter 11 Phenomenological Designs: The Philosophy of Phenomenological Research 215

Chapter 12 Narrative Research: Interpreting Lived Experience 232

PART 4 Survey, Mixed Designs, and Action Research

Chapter 13 An Overview of Survey Research 252

Chapter 14 Mixed Methods Designs 267

Chapter 15 Action Research 280

PART 5 Data Analyses and Presentation of Findings

Chapter 16 Program Evaluation 301

Chapter 17 Data Management and Data Analysis Software 317

Chapter 18 Developing a Research Report 343

Appendix A Preamble and Research Section of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics 2014 358

Appendix B Sample Research Paper 362

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