Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lix
  2. Traditional Research Methods in Health and Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pranee Liamputtong
      Pages 9-25
    3. Leigh A. Wilson
      Pages 27-49
    4. Cara Meixner, John D. Hathcoat
      Pages 51-70
    5. Narendar Manohar, Freya MacMillan, Genevieve Z. Steiner, Amit Arora
      Pages 71-98
    6. John D. Hathcoat, Cara Meixner, Mark C. Nicholas
      Pages 99-116
    7. Viv Burr
      Pages 117-132
    8. Anastasia Marinopoulou
      Pages 133-149
    9. Priya Khanna
      Pages 151-168
    10. Michael J. Carter, Andrea Montes Alvarado
      Pages 169-187
    11. Eric Leake
      Pages 237-252
    12. Elizabeth F. Rix, Shawn Wilson, Norm Sheehan, Nicole Tujague
      Pages 253-267
    13. Rona Pillay
      Pages 269-283
    14. Linda Liska Belgrave, Kapriskie Seide
      Pages 299-316
    15. Pota Forrest-Lawrence
      Pages 317-331
    16. Angela J. Dawson
      Pages 333-354
    17. Gary L. Kreps, Jordan Alpert
      Pages 355-365
    18. Sally Nathan, Christy Newman, Kari Lancaster
      Pages 391-410
    19. Kayi Ntinda
      Pages 411-423
    20. Erin Jessee
      Pages 425-441
    21. Bonnie Pang
      Pages 443-456
    22. Michelle LaFrance
      Pages 457-470
    23. Raymond M. Lee
      Pages 491-507
    24. Anne Bunde-Birouste, Fiona Byrne, Lynn Kemp
      Pages 509-526
    25. Lia Bryant, Katerina Bryant
      Pages 527-540
    26. Magen Mhaka Mutepfa, Roy Tapera
      Pages 541-558
    27. Kate A. McBride, Felix Ogbo, Andrew Page
      Pages 559-579
    28. Breanne Byiers
      Pages 581-602
    29. Stewart J. Anderson
      Pages 603-622
    30. Martin Howell, Kirsten Howard
      Pages 623-644
    31. Mike Armour, Carolyn Ee, Genevieve Z. Steiner
      Pages 645-662
    32. Dafna Merom, James Rufus John
      Pages 663-679
    33. Graciela Tonon
      Pages 681-694
    34. Kate A. McBride, Freya MacMillan, Emma S. George, Genevieve Z. Steiner
      Pages 695-713
    35. Jane Chalmers, Mike Armour
      Pages 715-735
    36. Karine Manera, Camilla S. Hanson, Talia Gutman, Allison Tong
      Pages 737-750
    37. Tinashe Dune, Zelalem Mengesha, Valentina Buscemi, Janette Perz
      Pages 751-768
    38. Janet C. Long, Simon Bishop
      Pages 769-784
    39. Angela J. Dawson
      Pages 785-804
    40. Freya MacMillan, Kate A. McBride, Emma S. George, Genevieve Z. Steiner
      Pages 805-826
    41. Doris Y. Leung, Betty P. M. Chung
      Pages 827-841
    42. Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke, Nikki Hayfield, Gareth Terry
      Pages 843-860

About this book


Research is defined by the Australian Research Council as “the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings”. Research is thus the foundation for knowledge. It produces evidence and informs actions that can provide wider benefit to a society. The knowledge that researchers cultivate from a piece of research can be adopted for social and health programs that can improve the health and well-being of the individuals, their communities and the societies in which they live. As we have witnessed in all corners of the globe, research has become an endeavor that most of us in the health and social sciences cannot avoid. This Handbook is conceived to provide the foundation to readers who wish to embark on a research project in order to form knowledge that they need. The Handbook comprises four main sections: Traditional research methods sciences; Innovative research methods; Doing cross-cultural research; and Sensitive research methodology and approach. This Handbook attests to the diversity and richness of research methods in the health and social sciences. It will benefit many readers, particularly students and researchers who undertake research in health and social science areas. It is also valuable for the training needs of postgraduate students who wish to undertake research in cross-cultural settings, with special groups of people, as it provides essential knowledge not only on the methods of data collection but also salient issues that they need to know if they wish to succeed in their research endeavors.


Research methods Health Social Science Traditional research methods Innovative research methods Cross-cultural research Researching sensitive topics

Editors and affiliations

  • Pranee Liamputtong
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Science and HealthWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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