Social Work Research 3 Unit

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Unit 8: Social Work Research Models to Assess Practice and Policy


Single subject design

Case studies

Program evaluation

Evidence based practice
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 12: Single Case Evaluation Designs

Chapter 13: Program Evaluation
Other Works Cited in this Unit
Callaghan, G. M., Summers, C. J., & Weidman, M. (2003). The treatment of histrionic and narcissistic personality disorder behaviors: A single-subject demonstration of clinical improvement using functional analytic psychotherapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 33(4), 321-339. doi:10.1023/B:JOCP.0000004502.55597.81
Frost, R. O., Steketee, G., & Greene, K. A. I. (2003). Cognitive and behavior treatment of compulsive hoarding. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 3(3), 323.
Recommended Readings by USC School of Social Work Faculty
Whitsett, D. (2006). The psychobiology of trauma and child maltreatment. Cultic Studies Review, 5(3),

351-373. Retrieved from
Whitsett, D., & Kent, S. A. (2003). Cults and families. Families in Society, 84(4), 491. Retrieved from

Unit 9: Qualitative Research


Introduction to qualitative research

Comparing qualitative and quantitative research

Sampling in qualitative research Designs in qualitative research Data collection and analysis

Ethical guidelines in qualitative research
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 14: Additional Methods in Qualitative Research

Christenson, P., & Ivancin, M. (2006). The Reality of health: Reality television and the public health. A Discussion Paper prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from

Franklin Klinker, J., & Todd, R. H. (2007). Two autoethnographies: A search for understanding of gender and age. The Qualitative Report, 12(2), 166-183. Retrieved from

Hernandez, J. R. L. (2009). Photo-ethnography by people living in poverty near the northern border of Mexico. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, (10)2. Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-
Holdt, J. (2010) American Pictures. Retrieved from
Mack, N., Woodsong, C., MacQueen, K. Guest, G., & Namey, E. (2005). Qualitative research methods: A data collector's field guide. Research Triangle Park, NC: Family Health International. Retrieved from
Nicolaidis, C., Timmons, V., Thomas, M. J., Waters, A. S. Wahab, S., Mejia, A., & Mitchell, S. R. (2010).

You don't go tell white people nothing: African American women's perspectives on the influence of violence and race on depression and depression care. American Journal of Public Health,

100(8), 1470-1476. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.161950
Nuru-Jeter, A., Dominguez, T. P., Hammond, W. P., Leu, J., Skaff, M., Egerter, S., Jones, C. P., & Braveman, P. (2009). It's the skin you're in: African-American women talk about their experiences of racism. An exploratory study to develop measures of racism for birth outcome studies.

Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(1), 29-39. doi:10.1007/s10995-008-0357-x
Onwuegbuzie, J. A. (2007). Sampling designs in qualitative research: Making the sampling process more public. The Qualitative Report, 12(2), 238-254. Retrieved from
Recommended Readings by USC School of Social Work faculty
Astor, R. A., Benbenishty, R., & Estrada, J. N. (2009). School violence and theoretically atypical schools: The principal's centrality in orchestrating safe schools. American Educational Research Journal,

46(2), 423-461. doi:10.3102/0002831208329598.

Barrio, C., Palinkas, L. A., Yamada, A. M., Fuentes, D., Criado, V., Garcia, P., & Jeste, D. V. (2008).

Unmet needs for mental health services for Latino older adults: Perspectives from consumers, family members, advocates, and service providers. Community Mental Health Journal, 44(1), 57-

74. doi:10.1007/s10597-007-9112-9

Dominguez, T. P., Dunkel-Schetter, C., Glynn, L. M., Hobel, C., & Sandman, C. A. (2008). Racial differences in birth outcomes: The role of general, pregnancy, and racism stress. Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 27(2), 194-203. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.27.2.194

Rice, E. (2010). The positive role of social networks and social networking technology in the condom

using behaviors of homeless youth. Public Health Reports, 125(4), 588-95. PMCID: PMC2882610

Rice, E., Lester, P., Flook, L., Green, S., Valladares, E. S., & Rotheram-Borus, M. J. (2009). Lessons learned from "integrating" intensive family-based interventions into medical care settings for mothers living with HIV/AIDS and their adolescent children. AIDS and Behavior, 13(5), 1005-

1011. doi:10.1007/s10461-008-9417-x

Schneiderman, J., McDaniel, D., Xie, B., Cabassa, L., & Suh, J. (2010). Child welfare caregivers of differing English-language use: Perceptions of pediatric health care access barriers. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 19(1), 18-33. doi:10.1080/15313200903310726
Teitelman, A. M., Ratcliffe, S. J., & Cederbaum, J. A. (2008). Parent―Adolescent communication about sexual pressure, maternal norms about relationship power, and STI/HIV protective behaviors of minority urban girls. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 14(1), 50-60. doi:10.1177/1078390307311770
Unit 10: Selecting Measurement Methods



Concept to measurement: The process of operationalization

Data collection techniques


Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 6: Conceptualization in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry (Review) Chapter 7: Measurement in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry

Chapter 8: Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement Instruments
Hurlburt, M. S., Leslie, L. K., & Landsverk, J. (2004). Contextual predictors of mental health service use among a cohort of children open to child welfare. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 1217-1224. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.61.12.1217
Other Works Cited in this Unit

Main, M. B. (n.d.). Adult Attachment Interview Protocol. Theory & Research at Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook. Retrieved from

McLeod, S.A. (2007). Ainsworth's ‘Strange Situation’ assessment. Simply Psychology, UK. Retrieved from
Stepping up. (2003). Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). University of Washington. Retrieved from
The MacArthur Initiative on Depression and Primary Care. (2010). Patient Health Questionnaire.

Retrieved from (Instructor Note: A compendium of resources for a widely used standardized depression tool.)

Recommended Readings by USC School of Social Work faculty
Lincoln, K. D., Taylor, R. J., & Jackson, J. S. (2008). Romantic relationships among unmarried African Americans and Caribbean blacks: Findings from the national survey of American life. Family Relations, 57(2), 254-266. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00498.x
Wenzel, S. L., Green, H. D., Tucker, J. S., Golinelli, D., Kennedy, D. P., Ryan, G., & Zhou, A. (2009). The social context of homeless women's alcohol and drug use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 105(1-

2), 16-23.
Unit 11: Locating Instruments and Assessment of Measurement



Measurement (continued)

Locating instruments, tests, and other measures

Assessing measurement model strength
Required Readings
American Psychological Association. (2010). FAQ/Finding information about psychological tests.

Retrieved from
Jordan-Marsh, M., Cody, M., Silverstein, M., Chin, S., & Garcia, R. (2008). Assessing a self-report health measure for non-English-speaking elders: Issues in using the SF-36 health survey. Research on Social Work Practice, 18(1), 55-65. doi:10.1177/1049731507300152
Toneatto, T. (1995). [Review of the SAQ--Adult Probation [Substance Abuse Questionnaire].] In J. C.

Conoley & J. C. Impara (Eds.), The twelfth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 889-891). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements. Retrieved from

Unit 12: Quantitative StatisticsDescriptive Statistics & Introduction to Inferential Statistics
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