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Researching child and adolescent mental health can be a daunting task, but with the right practical skills and knowledge your students can transform the way they work with children and young people, giving them a ‘voice’ through their research in the wider community.

Michelle O'Reilly and Nikki Parker combine their clinical, academic and research expertise to take your students step-by-step through each stage of the research process. From first inception to data collection and dissemination, they'll guide them through the key issues faced when undertaking their research, highlighting the dilemmas, challenges and debates, and exploring the important questions asked when doing research with this population.

Providing practical advice and strategies for dealing with the reality of conducting research in practice, this book will; - Provide your students with an overview of the theories that underpin methodological choice and the value of using qualitative research.; - Guide them through the planning stage of your project, clearly outlining important ethical and legal issues.; - Take them through the most popular qualitative data collection techniques and support them with their analysis.; - Help them write up their findings and demonstrate how research evidence translates into effective clinical practice.

Supported by helpful hints and tips, case examples and definitions of key terms, this highly practical and accessible guide throws a lifebelt to any students or mental health practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.

The Need for Qualitative Evidence
The need for qualitative evidence
Introduction

In health, the evidence yielded from research informs interventions, understanding client's experiences and improving communication practices. In this chapter we consider the backdrop of evidence-based practice in child mental health to provide an appreciation of how research evidence fits into the overall political, practical and social framework. To contextualise the value of qualitative evidence we illustrate some of the limitations of relying on controlled trials in child mental health disciplines and illuminate some benefits of including evidence from qualitative work. To appreciate the evidence-base researchers need to be able to conduct literature searches and we provide practical ...

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