CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Social workers engage in cross-cultural research in order to understand how
diverse populations cope with life situations, to identify risk and protective
factors across cultures, and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies and
programs on the well-being of individuals from different cultures. In order to
do so, it is necessary to begin with meaningful, appropriate, and practical
research instruments, yet such instruments are not always readily available, or
they may be misleading or biased. In this clearly written pocket guide, social
work researchers will find a concise, easy-to-follow explanation of how to
develop and assess cross-cultural measures that sidestep such complications and
provide reliable, valid data.
Using a step-by-step approach, expert cross-cultural researcher Thanh V. Tran
carefully explores the issues and methodology in cross-cultural measurement
development in social work research and evaluation. The book draws on existing
cross-cultural research in social sciences and related areas to illustrate how
to formulate research questions, select observable statistics, understand
cross-cultural translation, evaluate and implement measurement equivalence, and
discern quality within practices of measurement development. Tran also
discusses how to use statistics software programs such as SPSS to generate data
for LISREL analyses, providing enough detail to help readers grasp the
programs' applications in this area but not so much as to overwhelm.
This concise text offers a wealth of knowledge about using and interpreting
the use of culturally relevant research instruments. Doctoral students and
social researchers in the field seeking guidance in selecting and adapting such
instruments in their studies, or developing and assessing their own, will find
it a terrific source of essential information for their work.
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