Adventures in Criminal Justice Research: Data Analysis for Windows 95/98 Using SPSS Versions 7.5, 8.0, or Higher / Edition 1

Adventures in Criminal Justice Research: Data Analysis for Windows 95/98 Using SPSS Versions 7.5, 8.0, or Higher / Edition 1

by George W. Dowdall, Kim A. Logio, Earl Babbie, Fred Halley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761986251

ISBN-13: 9780761986256

Pub. Date: 12/08/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This text teaches students how to analyze issues not only in criminal justice using current General Social Survey data but also in the most authoritative national study of drug and alcohol use on US college campuses, the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study.

By providing step-by-step instructions, the text explores criminal justice by explaining

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Overview

This text teaches students how to analyze issues not only in criminal justice using current General Social Survey data but also in the most authoritative national study of drug and alcohol use on US college campuses, the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study.

By providing step-by-step instructions, the text explores criminal justice by explaining how to conduct and analyze your own survey. Included in the package is a diskette with a GSS file, a College Alcohol Study data set, criminal justice and juvenile justice data sets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761986256
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/08/1998
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: PREPARING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
Using a Computer in Criminal Justice Research
Theory, Research, and Practice in Criminal Justice
The Logic of Measurement
Criminal Justice Data Sets
Using SSPS
PART TWO: UNIVARIATE ANALYSIS
Describing a Variable
Working with Variables
Examining Individual Variables
Creating Composite Measures
Exploring Crime and Deviance
Suggestions for Further Univariate Analyses
PART THREE: BIVARIATE ANALYSIS
Investigating the Correlates of Drug and Alcohol Use
Political Orientation, Guns, and Capital Punishment
Independent Versus Dependent Variables
Should Abortion Be a Crime? What's Associated with Different Attitudes Toward Abortion?
Measures of Association
The Existence, Strength, and Direction of an Association
Suggestions for Further Bivariate Analysis
PART FOUR: MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
Examining Several Independent Variables
Exploring What Shapes Attitudes About Guns and Capital Punishment
Making Powerful Predictions About Attitudes
Logistic Regression
Understanding College Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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