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Single-Case Research Methods for the Behavioral and Health Sciences

Single-Case Research Methods for the Behavioral and Health Sciences

August 2008 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This text ntroduces readers to the history, epistemology, and strategies of single-case research design. The authors offer concrete information on how to observe, measure, and interpret change in relevant outcome variables and how to design strategies that promote causal inferences.

Key Features

  • Includes case vignettes on specific single-case designs
  • Describes clinical and applied case studies
  • Draws on multiple examples of single-case designs from published journals across a wide range of disciplines
  • Covers recent developments in applied research, including meta-analysis and the distinction between statistical and clinical significance
  • Provides pedagogical tools to help readers master the material, including a glossary, interim summaries, end-of-chapter review questions, and activities that encourage active processing of material.

Intended Audience

This text is intended for students and practitioners in a variety of disciplines—including psychology, nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy—who are increasingly called upon to document the effectiveness of interventions.

Chapter One: Why Single-Case Research Methods?
Chapter Two: Comparing Group and Single-Case Designs
Chapter Three: Observational Strategies
Chapter Four: Dimensions of Single-Case Research Design and Data Display
Chapter Five: Single-case Experimental Designs: The Withdrawal Design
Chapter Six: Multiple-Baseline Designs
Chapter Seven: Changing Criterion Designs
Chapter Eight: Comparing Treatments: The Alternating Treatment Designs
Chapter Nine: Data Analysis in Single-Case Research
Chapter Ten: Contemporary Themes and Future Directions in Single-Case Research

A very good book for those students interested in thinking about Single Case Research Design in their clinical healthcare practice. Informative and clear.

Mr Ian Michael McGonagle
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
January 21, 2016

Accessible and comprehensive discussion of designs

Dr Sid Frankel
Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
April 10, 2015

This is a book that enlighten the single-case design very well. Easy to read and understand.

Professor Anne Soderlund
Dep of Physiotherapy, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare
January 28, 2012

I will use this as additional reading.

Professor Paul Hackett
Education Dept, Tufts University
October 6, 2011

A great book, but would be viewed as additional reading rather than part of the recommended reading list. We may adopt it later once qualitative methodologies are included in the course.

Mr Devan Rajendran
Reseach Department, European School of Osteopathy
June 22, 2010

Good overview of SSR

Professor Robin Santhouse
School Of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
March 5, 2010
Key features
  • Presents a comprehensive review of single-subject research as a practical alternative approach to conventional, large-group null-hypothesis testing designs.
  • Prepares future and current professionals working in applied settings who wish to evaluate empirically the effectiveness of intervention programs.
  • Uses a case study approach to enhance the concepts and information presented. Each chapter will contain case studies to illustrate design types (reversal design, multiple-baseline designs, changing criterion designs, etc.) and specific tactics for single-case research.
  • Covers conventional research design so that students and beginning researchers or professionals have the proper foundation for comparing the features and advantages of large-scale group designs versus small group or single-case designs.
  • A running glossary, key terms, summaries, chapter review questions, and a comprehensive IR CD with additional case studies to use as practice exercises or test materials.

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