Statistics and Data Interpretation for the Helping Professions / Edition 1

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This step-by-step guide to using statistics in the helping professions provides readers with a student-friendly pace as well as practical case examples. Students will see how statistics and data analysis can be used as a valuable tool in real-life situations they are likely to encounter in their helping profession careers. This all-in-one text not only presents the statistics material, but also includes exercises and problems providing students with the opportunity to practice their skills.

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"Without question, this text will be the most authoritative source of information on statistics in the human services. From my point of view, it is a definitive work…that combines a rigorous pedagogy with a down to earth (commonsense) exploration of the complex and difficult issues in data analysis (statistics) and interpretation. I welcome its publication. Bravo!"

"Bravo! A superb, well-written book."

"The author includes, in simple and clear terms, many statistical issues that other beginning statistics texts do not. I like the social work/helping professions examples . . . The foot-noted SPSS instructions are useful and easy to follow."

"A well written, easy-to-understand text on statistics . . . There are many good case examples that are grounded in social work practice and help to make social work research meaningful to students."

Rosenthal (U. of Oklahoma, Norman) explains statistics by introducing the basic concepts and presenting case examples, exercises, and applications from social work, human services, and counseling. Chapters cover descriptive procedures for one variable, association between two variables, causal and noncausal relationships, inferential statistics, selected significance tests, and data interpretation models. Appendixes address basic math, computer exercises, appropriate measures, symbols in the text, and formulas in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830415090
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/4/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction and the Presentation of Data. 1. Introduction and Overview. 2. More Basics and the Presentation of Data. Part II: Descriptive Procedures for One Variable. 3. Central Tendency. 4. Variability. 5. Shape of Distribution and Important Distributions. Part III: Association Between Two Variables. 6. The Concept of Relationship and Relationship Between Categorical Variables. 7. The Odds Ratio and Other Measures for Nominal-level Variables. 8. Correlation and Regression. 9. More Measures of Size of Association. Part IV: Causal and Noncausal Relationships. 10. The Assessment of Causality. 11. Controlling for Confounding Variables. Part V: Inferential Statistics: Basic Concepts and Beginning Applications. 12. An Introduction to Inferential Statistics. 13. Confidence Intervals for Means and Proportions. 14. The Logic of Statistical Significance Tests. 15. The Large Sample Test of the Mean and New Concepts. 16. Statistical Power and Selected Topics. Part VI: Selected Statistical Significance Tests. 17. The t Distribution and One-sample Procedures for Means. 18. Independent Samples t Test and Dependent Samples t Test. 19. Single Sample Tests of Proportions. 20. The Chi-square Test of Independence. 21. Analysis of Variance. 22. Selected Statistical Tests: A Data Interpretation Model. 23. Generalizability, Importance, and a Data Interpretation Model. Appendices.

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