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A Research Guide for Health and Clinical Psychology

A Research Guide for Health and Clinical Psychology

Martin Dempster


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This must-have, practical guide for trainee psychologists working towards their British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in either health psychology or clinical psychology is designed to address the key concerns and questions that students often have when applying research designs in real settings.
The book:
- looks specifically at what is required to demonstrate research competence for the qualifications;
- is structured around a simple question-and-answer format, making it easy to navigate;
- is packed full of tips, including on ethical considerations and conducting qualitative and quantitative research designs; and
- uses health and clinical psychology research examples to highlight key issues for trainees.

The best book on research methodology that I have ever read.' - Dr Richard Cooke, Health Psychologist, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

MARTIN DEMPSTERis Research Co-ordinator for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Queen's University Belfast, Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology – Northern Ireland, and Chief Assessor for the BPS Qualification in Health Psychology.
He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Health Psychologist with12 years ofexperiencein conducting research in the areas of clinical and health psychology, including the supervision and assessment of many professional doctorate and PhD students.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover i
Halftitle ii
Tiltle iv
Copyright v
Dedication vi
Contents viii
List of Tables x
List of Figures xi
List of Boxes xii
Acknowledgements xiii
1 The Role of Research in Health and Clinical Psychology 1
1.1 Psychologist versus researcher 2
1.2 Thinking about research 6
1.3 Research collaboration 9
1.4 Summary 14
2 Systematic Literature Reviews 15
2.1 What are systematic reviews and why are they useful? 15
2.2 The review protocol 17
2.3 Conducting the review 26
2.4 Synthesising and disseminating the data 31
Summary of the Systematic Review Process 46
Further reading 47
3 Developing a Research Proposal 48
3.1 Developing a research idea 48
3.2 Content of the research proposal 54
3.3 Research governance and ethics 67
Summary – developing an applied research proposal 76
4 Designing Quantitative Research 77
4.1 Study validity/quality 78
4.2 Choosing a data collection instrument 89
4.3 Small n experiments 96
5 Analysing Quantitative Data 100
5.1 Getting help 101
5.2 Common statistical tests 103
5.3 Common problems 110
5.4 Calculating sample size 124
6 Qualitative Research: General Questions 130
6.1 Study quality 131
6.2 Collecting qualitative data 140
7 Qualitative Research: Theoretical Approaches 145
7.1 Experiential approaches 147
7.2 Discursive approaches 154
8 Evaluating Psychological Services 157
8.1 Service-related projects vs research projects 157
8.2 Balancing scientific rigour with practicability 161
8.3 Characteristics of a good quality service-related project 166
9 Research Write-up, Viva and Dissemination 170
9.1 Writing a research report 171
9.2 Presenting statistical findings 178
9.3 The viva experience 183
References 187
Index 193