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Statistics: A Tool for Social Research

Statistics: A Tool for Social Research
Author: Joseph F. Healey
ISBN 13: 9780495096559
ISBN 10: 495096555
Edition: 8
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2008-02-14
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 512
List Price: $262.95

Intended for sociology and social work students, this textbook introduces statistical analysis, the role of statistics in the research process, and the interpretation of statistical findings. Healey (Christopher Newport University) explains the basic concepts and methods of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and measures of association. The seventh edition moves flow charts from the web site back into the text and adds an example sampling distribution and an explanation of the correlation matrix. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


This text offers a nontechnical introduction to statistics for students of sociology, social work, criminal justice, political science, and other social sciences. Material is written at a level intermediate between a strictly mathematical approach and a "cookbook" approach, with an emphasis on interpretation and computer applications. Learning features include practice exercises and problems, applications of SPSS and MicroCase statistical software packages (new to this edition), and step-by-step computational algorithms provided for each statistic. Boxed readings offer examples that connect statistical analysis to research problems. For this edition, challenging problems with larger data sets have been moved to a Web site. The author teaches at Christopher Newport University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)