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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Issues in Conducting Social Work Research in Aging

Issues in Conducting Social Work Research in Aging

(p.989) 93 Issues in Conducting Social Work Research in Aging
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Amy Horowitz

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses issues in social work research in aging. The intent is to introduce the reader to the major issues that need to be considered in designing and/or evaluating research in aging. Obviously, all aspects of the scientific method that are relevant to any age-group are also relevant to research on older adults. However, there are special considerations that apply to research in aging in general, and social work research in aging in particular, that are the focus of this chapter. These include issues relevant to design, informed consent and ethical considerations, sample recruitment and retention (especially in terms of ethnic elders), and data collection and measurement, including the use of proxy data. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the current and future role of the social work profession in contributing to the knowledge base in gerontology.

Keywords:   social work research, aging research, elderly, social work practice

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