PsycBOOKS: New ebooks for November

The American Psychological Association adds new titles to the PsycBOOKS database every month. View a complete list of new ebook titles added to PsycBOOKS in November.

4316174-150Research Methods in Language Acquisition: Principles, Procedures, and Practices

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Overview

Language acquisition research is challenging — the intricate behavioral and cognitive foundations of speech are difficult to measure objectively. The audible components of speech, however, are quantifiable and thus provide crucial data.

This practical guide synthesizes the authors’ decades of experience into a comprehensive set of tools that will allow students and early career researchers in the field to design and conduct rigorous studies that produce reliable and valid speech data and interpretations.

The authors thoroughly review specific techniques for obtaining qualitative and quantitative speech data, including how to tailor the testing environments for optimal results. They explore observational tasks for collecting natural speech and experimental tasks for eliciting specific types of speech. Language comprehension tasks are also reviewed so researchers can study participants’ interpretations of speech and conceptualizations of grammar. Most tasks are oriented towards children, but special considerations for infants are also reviewed, as well as multilingual children.

Chapters also provide strategies for transcribing and coding raw speech data into reliable data sets that can be scientifically analyzed. Furthermore, they investigate the intricacies of interpretation so that researchers can make empirically sound inferences from their data and avoid common pitfalls that can lead to unscientific conclusions.

Blume, M., Lust, B., Chien, Y., Dye, C. D., Foley, C. A., & Kedar, Y. (2017). Research methods in language acquisition: Principles, procedures, and practices. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/15968-000

4317431-150Transforming Long-Term Care: Expanded Roles for Mental Health Professionals

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Overview

This book highlights expanded roles and services that mental health professionals can provide in long-term care for older adults, offering the potential to improve the quality of care for residents.

Beyond assessments and individual therapy, the authors make a case for mental health providers to help improve the long-term care environment for both residents and staff, thus having a greater impact on systems, culture, and ultimately, patient well-being.

Readers who wish to add or expand their services for older adults will find helpful guidance, including detailed instruction on Medicare policies and reimbursement practices.

The authors also present an innovative model of wrap-around care that involves the array of staff and family members who are present to the individual all day, every day. This comprehensive approach, called the Eldercare Method, positions the mental health professional to serve in the roles of teacher, consultant, role model, advocate, and clinician.

With numerous case examples to illustrate common scenarios and ethical dilemmas, this practical resource will help readers envision new ways to apply their skills in the rapidly growing field of long-term care for older adults.

O’Shea Carney, K., & Norris, M. P. (2017). Transforming long-term care: Expanded roles for mental health professionals. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/15970-000

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