A Culture of Enquiry: Research Evidence and the Therapeutic by Nick Manning, Diana Menzies, Jan Lees, Rowdy Yates, George

By Nick Manning, Diana Menzies, Jan Lees, Rowdy Yates, George De Leon, Kingsley Norton, Barbara Rawlings

Learn is an expanding precedence for employees in the course of the psychological healthiness quarter, and healing groups aren't any exception. these operating in TCs more and more need to justify the good fortune and potency in their the right way to open air our bodies, and the top technique of doing so is thru learn. This quantity collects quite a lot of papers by way of skilled participants discussing all facets of TC study. they think about questions of which tools are greatest within the precise surroundings of TCs, how learn reports have an effect on the TC atmosphere, in addition to functional and moral questions. The publication additionally contains bills of a number of learn experiences undertaken at, between different locations, the Cassel health facility. Taken as a complete, the ebook can be a useful source for someone taken with getting to know healing groups - no matter if venture a examine, trying to expect its scientific impression, or looking to comprehend the categories of effects which TC learn produces.

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In other situations, the results of quantitative research may suggest a need for more in-depth explorations using qualitative methods. Thus, in conclusion we would argue that the existence of a broad range of theoretical approaches and related methodological strategies can only be advantageous in providing a diversity of perspectives from which to tackle the research questions that arise from and are relevant to good quality therapeutic community treatment. We have argued in this chapter that as social systems integrating individual and collective factors and processes, therapeutic communities offer scope for research in psychological and sociological domains as well as from perspectives that recognise the inseparability of the individual and the social.

Is still largely unanswered, since it is difficult to tease out the mechanisms at work inside such a complex and multi-faceted organism as a therapeutic community. A current study by the Association of Therapeutic Communities, and funded by the National Lottery Charities Board, is partially directed at this latter question, as well as the former two. It involves a national comparative study of the effectiveness of democratic therapeutic communities in treating people with personality disorders (see Chapter 4 for further details).

There are those who believe that differences in assumptions about knowledge and the nature of reality render the two types of research and their findings incompatible. As researchers working on pragmatic problems in the field of mental health, we do not subscribe to this view, and believe that integration of quantitative and qualitative PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY RESEARCH 35 forms of research is not only possible, but often fruitful. Of course philosophical standpoints are important, and it is essential that both researchers and consumers of research are aware of these and their implications for how research is conducted and its findings evaluated.

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