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Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research

by Leonard A Jason and David S Glenwick American Psychological Association
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Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research offers innovative research tools that are most effective for understanding social problems in general and change in complex person-environment systems at the community level. Methodological pluralism and mixed-methods research are the overarching themes in this groundbreaking edited volume, as contributors explain cutting-edge research methodologies that analyze data in special groupings, over time, or within various contexts. As such, the methodologies presented here are holistic and culturally valid, and support contextually grounded community interventions.

This volume features web appendices that include a variety of research applications (e.g., SPSS, SAS, GIS) and guidelines for the accompanying data sets. The extensive illustrations and case studies in MethodologicalApproaches will give readers a comprehensive understanding of community-level phenomena and a rich appreciation for the way collaboration across behavioral science disciplines leads to more effective community-based interventions.


Raymond P. Lorion



Introduction: An Overview of Methodological Innovations in Community Research
Leonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick

I. Pluralism and Mixed Methods in Community Research

Philosophical Foundations of Mixed Methods Research: Implications for Research Practice
Jacob Kraemer Tebes
Methodological Pluralism: Implications for Producers and Consumers of Research
Chris Barker and Nancy Pistrang
Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: An Example of Mixed Methods Research
Rebecca Campbell, Katie A. Gregory, Debra Patterson, and Deborah Bybee

II. Methods Involving Grouping of Data

Clustering and Its Applications in Community Research
Allison B. Dymnicki and David B. Henry
The Person-Oriented Approach and Community Research
G. Anne Bogat, Nicole Zarrrett, Stephen C. Peck, and Alexander von Eye
Meta-Analysis in Community-Oriented Research
Joseph A. Durlak and Molly Pachan

III. Methods Involving Change Over Time

Time Series Analysis in Community-Oriented Research
Bettina B. Hoeppner and Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
Survival Analysis in Prevention and Intervention Programs
Christian M. Connell

IV. Methods Involving Contextual Factors

Multilevel Modeling: Method and Application for Community-Based Research
Nathan R. Todd, Nicole E. Allen, and Shabnam Javdani
Epidemiologic Approaches to Community-Based Research
Leonard A. Jason, Nicole Porter, and Alfred Rademaker
Applying Geographic Information Systems to Community Research
Cory M. Morton, N. Andrew Peterson, Paul W. Speer, Robert J. Reid, and Joseph Hughey
Economic Cost Analysis for Community-Based Interventions
Anthony T. LoSasso and Leonard A. Jason

James G. Kelly


About the Editors

Leonard A. Jason, PhD, is a professor of psychology at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, where he heads the Center for Community Research. He has authored over 550 articles and 77 book chapters on recovery homes for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse; preventive school-based interventions; media interventions; chronic fatigue syndrome; and program evaluation. He has been on the editorial boards of seven peer-reviewed psychology journals and has edited or written 23 books.
He has served on review committees of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health and has received more than $26 million in federal grants to support his research. He is a former president of APA's Division of Community Psychology and a past editor of The Community Psychologist.
He has received three media awards from APA, and he is frequently asked to comment on policy issues for the media.
Dr. Jason is the recipient of the 2011 Perpich Award from the International Association for CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis) for distinguished service to the CFS/ME community.
David S. Glenwick, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Fordham University, New York, NY, where he also has been the director of the graduate program in clinical psychology and co-coordinator of its specialization in clinical child and family psychology. He has authored more than 110 articles and edited four books, primarily in the areas of community and preventive psychology, clinical child psychology and developmental disabilities, and the teaching of psychology.
Dr. Glenwick is a former president of the American Association of Correctional Psychology and a former editor of the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior. He is a fellow of seven APA divisions and has been a member of the APA Continuing Education Committee.
Dr. Glenwick has been on the editorial boards of four professional journals and is currently the chair of the New York State Psychological Association's Continuing Education Committee.