The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology

Hardcover | November 30, 1997

bySteven J. Trierweiler, George Stricker

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This extraordinary volume addresses the practice of psychology in the context of scientific inquiry, regarding practitioners as "local clinical scientists" and addressing the validity of their methodology through the philosophy of science. Positivistic/empirical, idealist/pragmatic, and socio-cultural/constructionist approaches are all considered by the authors as they discuss such topics as research design, quantitative analysis, the linkage of theory and data, and qualitative analysis. Rigorous and far-sighted, this profound meditative discourse will prove fruitful reading for professionals and academics in the fields of mental health and social work.

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This extraordinary volume addresses the practice of psychology in the context of scientific inquiry, regarding practitioners as "local clinical scientists" and addressing the validity of their methodology through the philosophy of science. Positivistic/empirical, idealist/pragmatic, and socio-cultural/constructionist approaches are...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:323 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:November 30, 1997Publisher:Springer US

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ISBN - 10:0306456540

ISBN - 13:9780306456541

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Table of Contents

The History of Scientific Research Training and the Local Clinical Scientist: The Problem of Integrating Science and Practice. The Local Clinical Scientist. Extrapolations to Local Science from Traditional Science and Scholarship: Issues in the Philosophy of Science. Issues in Research Design. Issues in Quantitative Analysis: Foundations. Linking Theory and Data in the Scientific Study of Constructs and Individual Measurements. Extrapolations to Local Science from Nontraditional Science and Scholarship: Issues in Qualitative Analysis. Logic, Critical Thinking, and the Local Clinical Scientist. Frameworks for Reflective Practice. Conclusion. Index.

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`Well written, valuable, and provocative...The emphasis on nonpositivist scientific approaches, including qualitative methods, critical thinking and logic, and framework development is particularly valuable.' Choice, June 1998