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Searching For Research

  1. 1. Searching For Research
  2. 2. • Your hosts – Nykol Johnson – Michelle Hajder QUESTIONS? Please click the Q&A button at the top of the screen and enter your question We will have time for Q&A at the end of the session
  3. 3. • This presentation will use browser sharing • When sharing is enabled, this PowerPoint will be replaced with a view of my web browser • You will be able to watch me click, search, use the databases, etc. • You will not be able to interact with the browser • Live Meeting menu buttons will remain at the top of the page
  4. 4. Our agenda today: • Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) – What is covered and what is not covered in MMY – Finding instrument reviews in Mental Measurement Yearbook – What information is covered in a test (instrument) review
  5. 5. • Qualitative and Quantitative Studies – What are qualitative and quantitative studies? – Searching for studies in: • PsychINFO • Psychology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection • Education Research Complete • ProQuest Central • Questions
  6. 6. Mental Measurements Yearbook • Produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska. What it does • Provides users with reviews to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments in the areas of education and psychology. What it doesn’t do • Doesn’t supply user with the actual testing instruments, or scoring and evaluation manuals.
  7. 7. Each test contains: • Test Entry (price, publisher, test population, purpose of test) • Description • Development (discusses how the test was developed) • Technical (standardization, reliability, validity) • Commentary • Summary
  8. 8. Mental Measurements Yearbook
  9. 9. Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  10. 10. Quantitative Research “Research based on traditional scientific methods, which generates numerical data and usually seeks to establish causal relationships between two or more variables, using statistical methods to test the strength and significance of the relationships.” quantitative research." A Dictionary of Nursing. 2008. 28 Jun. 2010 <>.
  11. 11. • It deals with numbers and anything that is measurable • It often uses statistics, tables and graphs to present results
  12. 12. Qualitative Research “Research that seeks to provide understanding of human experience, perceptions, motivations, intentions, and behaviours based on description and observation and utilizing a naturalistic interpretative approach to a subject and its contextual setting “ "qualitative research." A Dictionary of Nursing. 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2010 from
  13. 13. • It uses non-numerical data collection • Data is collected by means such as interviews, group discussions, observation, reflection and field notes
  14. 14. Words to look for Quantitative Research Qualitative Research correlational interview developmental design focus group survey observe statistical analysis case study regression phenomenological data ethnographic statistically significant grounded theory ANOVA content analysis chi square narrative baysian explore
  15. 15. • psychINFO • Education Research Complete • ProQuest Central
  16. 16. Quantitative The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between religiosity and the feeling of work stress, as represented by Muslim attitudes towards the religiosity scale. A sample of 212 employees from the United Arab Emirates participated in the study. Frequencies, regression, ANOVA, and ratios were applied in the paper. The major results revealed that self-evaluation of faith level is not related significantly to any dependent variable. The majority of the respondents reported a low level of faith. Muslim females were identified to experience more work stress than males. Additional studies concerned with other religions can provide more comprehensive findings related to the relationship between religion and work stress. Multinational corporation and other business organizations can derive great benefit from the results of this paper with regard to business in Islamic countries.
  17. 17. Qualitative With smaller, more efficient workforces, hotel organizations are competing to retain highly valued managers. Work stress and burnout are often cited as precursors to work and family stress, and together these factors influence employee intentions to leave an organization. However, work and family issues have received little attention in the hospitality and tourism literature. Using focus groups and semistructured interviews with three groups of participants (new entrants into the hotel industry, hotel managers, and their spouses), the authors explore the connections among work characteristics, work stress, and the work- family interface. Results of the multisource qualitative research suggest that long, unpredictable hours create individual and family-related stress. Furthermore, there is agreement among the three sources regarding the stressors and benefits associated with working in the hotel industry. Discussion of future research and practice is presented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
  18. 18. Mixed Method Objective: To assess the message preferences of individuals affected by depression as part of a project that will evaluate interventions to encourage at-risk patients to talk to their physicians about depression. Methods: Adaptive Conjoint Analysis (ACA) of 32 messages defined by 10 message attributes. Messages were developed based on input from three focus groups comprised of individuals with a personal and/or family history of depression, then tested using volunteers from an Internet health community. In an online conjoint survey, 249 respondents with depression rated their liking of the messages constructed for each attribute. They were then presented with two message sets and rated their preferences. Preference utilities were generated using hierarchical Bayes estimation. Results: The optimal communication approach described both psychological and physical symptoms of depression, recognized multiple treatment options, offered lifetime prevalence data, noted that depression can affect anyone, and acknowledged that finding an effective treatment can take time. Conclusion: Individuals with depression respond differently to depression care messages, underscoring the need for careful message development and evaluation. Practice implications: ACA, used in conjunction with focus groups, is a promising approach for developing and testing messages in the formative research stage of intervention development. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
  19. 19. Summation • Mental Measurements Yearbook is used to find reviews of testing instruments • Mental Measurements Yearbook will not provide you the test itself or the scoring and assessment guides. • Not every article or abstract will come right out and tell you if it’s qualitative or quantitative. • You may need to read the abstract or scan the article for keywords that indicate the type of research • Some research uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative research.
  20. 20. Questions?