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Single-Case Research Designs

Methods for Clinical and Applied Settings

Third Edition

Alan E. Kazdin

Publication Date - 23 December 2020

ISBN: 9780190079970

576 pages
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Offers new options in experimental design, presenting combinations of designs that increase the range of questions that can be asked about alternative interventions


Single-case research has played an important role in developing and evaluating interventions that are designed to alter a particular facet of human functioning. Now thoroughly updated in its third edition, acclaimed author Alan E. Kazdin's Single-Case Research Designs provides a notable contrast to the quantitative methodology approach that pervades the biological and social sciences. While focusing on widely applicable methodologies for evaluating interventions--such as treatment or psychotherapy using applied behavior analysis--this revised edition also encompasses a broader range of research areas that utilize single-case designs, demonstrating the relevance of this methodology to various disciplines, from psychology and medicine to business and industry. This well-written, clear, and thoroughly updated text is ideal for researchers, practitioners, instructors, and students alike.

New to this Edition

  • Expands and evaluates assessment and agreement methods and data evaluation methods
  • Integrates and contextualizes the designs with other approaches to research
  • Includes examples from contemporary issues, such as personalized medicine, drones and robotics, happiness, reproducibility in science, sexual harassment, and "apps" and technology

About the Author(s)

Alan E. Kazdin is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry (Emeritus) at Yale University. At Yale, he has been Director of the Yale Parenting Center, Chairman of the Psychology Department, Director and Chairman of the Yale Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Director of Child Psychiatric Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

His more than 800 publications include 50 books that focus on methodology and research design, interventions for children and adolescents, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment, parenting and child rearing, and interpersonal violence. His work on parenting and childrearing has been featured on NPR, PBS, BBC, and CNN and he has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, 20/20, and Dr. Phil. Dr. Kazdin has been editor of six professional journals (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Behavior Therapy, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice Current Directions in Psychological Science, and Clinical Psychological Science). He has received a number of professional awards including the Outstanding Research Contribution by an Individual Award and Lifetime Achievement Award (Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies), Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology Award and Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology (American Psychological Association), the James McKeen Cattell Award (Association for Psychological Science), and the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology (American Psychological Foundation). In 2008, he was president of the American Psychological Association.

Table of Contents


    1. Introduction: Study of the Individual in Context
    2. Underpinnings of Scientific Research


    3. Background and Key Assessment Considerations
    4. Methods of Assessment
    5. Ensuring the Quality of Measurement


    6. Introduction to Single-Case Research and ABAB Designs
    7. Multiple-Baseline Designs
    8. Changing-Criterion Designs
    9. Multi-Treatment Designs
    10. Probes and Randomization: Procedures and Designs
    11. Additional Design Options
    12. Quasi-Single-Case Experimental Designs


    13. Graphic Display of Data for Visual Inspection
    14. Statistical Analyses for Single-Case Designs
    15. Evaluation of Applied and Clinical Significance of Change


    16. Evaluation of Single-Case Designs: Challenges and Critical Issues
    17. Summing Up: Single-Case Research in Perspective

    Appendix: Guidelines for Conducting, Reporting, and Evaluating Single-Case Research
    Author Index
    Subject Index

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