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Facet theory and multi-dimensional scaling methods in forensic research

Brown, Jennifer (2011) Facet theory and multi-dimensional scaling methods in forensic research. In: Sheldon, Kerry and Davies, Jason and Howells, Kevin, (eds.) Research in Practice for Forensic Professionals. Issues in forensic psychology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 60-86. ISBN 9780415672726

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Abstract

This book explores applied research methods used in forensic settings – prisons, the probation service, courts and forensic mental health establishments – and provides a comprehensive 'how-to' guide for forensic practitioners and researchers. It provides practitioners and researchers with grounding in the practical techniques appropriate for research in applied forensic settings. This includes knowledge and skills of the research process and the wide range of research methods (both quantitative and qualitative) being applied in this arena. The text provides a critical understanding of the problems, challenges and ethical issues which can arise and ideas for managing these. Specific attention is paid to empirical research within forensic populations and settings including researching vulnerable groups (e.g. offenders and the mentally ill in secure settings), evaluating treatment programmes, and the uses and problems of randomised control trials. The book is clearly structured, with each methodology chapter describing the background of the approach; the type of research questions addressed; design principles and issues; the types of analysis that can be utilised; strengths and limitations of the method; future directions and further sources of information. Through the inclusion of case studies and illustrative examples from forensic researchers and practitioners who have extensive experience of conducting applied research, this book tackles real-life problems typically faced by researchers and practitioners.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Editors and contributors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 14:46
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2013 14:46
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54732

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