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.

Gender, Ethnicity, and Racial Issues

Gender, Ethnicity, and Racial Issues

Antoinette Y. Farmer David Bess

Given the diverse U.S. population, it is increasingly important that social workers become more competent in conducting research with culturally diverse populations, women, gays, lesbians, and transgendered persons. The need to become more competent is dictated by the realization that traditional research paradigms, research methods, and data-analytic strategies might not be appropriate for enhancing our understanding about the complex challenges that these populations face.

The aim of this chapter is to enhance the reader's awareness of the need to consider the issues of gender, ethnicity, and race in the planning and conducting of research. Using the stages of the research process as a conceptual framework, the chapter examines how ...

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