Evaluation and Action in the Social Environment

Evaluation and Action in the Social Environment

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Editors: Richard H. Price, Peter E. Politser
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483219431

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Evaluation and Action in the Social Environment provides a description of a framework for doing evaluation and action research in social settings. This book presents the strategies for analysis and intervention in community, health, and human service settings. Organized into 10 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the impact of social settings on individual behavior. This text then examines the family, community groups, and personal social networks. Other chapters consider the assessment and change in behavioral and physical environments. This book discusses as well the family as an interpersonal system, with emphasis on interactive sequences to show how symptomatic behavior has its own logic in the family context. The final chapter deals with larger and more complex settings and contexts, including schools, medical hospitals, and settings in the legal system. This book is a valuable resource for sociologists, anthropologists, social scientists, clinical therapists, program evaluators, and social policymakers.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    1 The Action Research Paradigm

    The Need for New Paradigms for Social Research and Practice

    The Origins of Action Research: Lewin's Legacy

    Generic Characteristics of Action Research

    Overview of the Book


    2 Intervention and Evaluation in Family Settings

    The Evolution of a Treatment Focus on the Family

    A Conceptual Scheme for Understanding and Changing Behavioral Pathology in Families

    Evaluation of Family Intervention


    3 Community Groups: An Empirical Taxonomy for Evaluation and Intervention

    Importance of Community Groups

    Rationale for Action

    Evaluation Scheme

    The Taxonomy

    Outline for Action


    Appendix: Summary of the Community Group Scale Including Sample Items


    4 Network Analysis and the Logic of Social Support


    Network Analysis

    A Rationale for Action: The Logic of Social Support

    Effects of Network Density

    Discussion and Empirical Results



    5 Action Research in the Built Environment

    The Human Dimension in Architecture

    An Analytical Scheme for the Environmental Psychologist

    A Model of Environmental Change

    Evaluation of the Impact of Environmental Change



    6 Conducting Behavioral Evaluations in Residential Facilities for Retarded Persons: From Analysis to Action

    Functions and Operations of Total Treatment Facilities

    Development of the Interaction Recording System

    Examples of the Evaluation-Action Sequence

    Toward Implementing Action Strategies


    7 Human Service Programs as Work Organizations: Using Organizational Design to Improve Staff Motivation and Effectiveness

    Human Service Programs and Human Welfare

    The Human Service Program as a Workplace

    A Model of Organizational Design and Its Influence on the Helper

    Assessment and Measurement Issues

    An Outline for Action with Human Service Programs

    Evaluating the Impact of Action in Human Service Programs

    Conclusion and Future Directions

    A Concluding Note: The Limitations of Formal Models


    8 The Hospital Environment: Understanding and Modifying Its Impact on the Patient


    The Hospital Environment: An Overview

    A Framework for Understanding the Impact of Hospital Environments

    Plans for Action in Special Hospital Areas



    9 An Integrated Network of Preventively Oriented School-Based Mental Health Approaches

    PMHP's Rationale and Origins

    PMHP's Evolution and Workings

    Primary Prevention Steps



    10 The Role of Research in Changing the Legal System

    The Problem

    The Data



    Analytic Scheme

    Policy Action

    Issues in Evaluating Policy Action



    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 252
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483219431

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Richard H. Price

Peter E. Politser

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