The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.

Ethical Issues in Social Work Research

Ethical Issues in Social Work Research

Frederic G. Reamer

The chapters in this handbook demonstrate, clearly, the remarkable maturation of social work research and evaluation. Especially since the 1970s, social workers have cultivated an impressive array of quantitative and qualitative methods to help them monitor and evaluate practice, conduct needs assessments, and develop practice guidelines based on empirical knowledge.

Paralleling these developments, social workers also have enhanced their understanding of ethical issues related to research and evaluation. Interestingly, social workers’ enriched understanding of ethical issues also began in earnest during the 1970s. During recent years, social workers have greatly strengthened their understanding that their mastery of technical issues pertaining to research design, sampling, validity, reliability, measurement, instrument development, data analysis, and application ...

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