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Research, Best Practices, and Evidence-based Group Work

Mark J. Macgowan

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0031
Research, Best Practices, and Evidence-based Group Work

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Both the methods used to study groups and discussions on the use of research in group work have advanced in the early 21st century. For example, statistical methods have been described that help address traditional limitations to group-based research (e.g., clustering problems resulting in nonindependence of observations). In addition, there have been discussions of the systematic utilization of best available evidence in groups, called evidence-based or evidence-informed group work. Recent books and special journal issues have been dedicated to helping practitioners to integrate best available evidence into practice. This entry provides a comprehensive list of sources related to group work research, best practices, and evidence-based group work, with an emphasis on publications since 2000. The entry begins with material on the utilization and application of research by practitioners. Specifically, there is a presentation of standards for the practice of group work, followed by sections on evidence-based group work and on practice evaluation. These are followed by a section on conducting formal research on group work. The entry also includes a guide to the major group work journals.

Article.  3901 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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