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.

Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Measurement

Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Measurement

Randall E. Basham Catheleen Jordan Richard A. Hoefer

Is it possible to measure anything that exists? Quantitative measurement assumes that useful indicators may be found to represent most of the concepts of interest to social workers. Measurement may be defined as the process of assigning numbers to the properties or attributes of client variables. For instance, if a client is depressed and we want to know if our intervention helps to alleviate that depression, we might find a standardized questionnaire—the Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, 1978) or, alternatively, the Beck Depression Inventory II (Beck, Brown, & Steer, 1996), for example—that asks for client self-report of feelings of depression. We cannot ...

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