Adventures in Criminal Justice Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS 15.0 and 16.0 for Windows

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SAGE, Feb 22, 2008 - Social Science - 216 pages
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The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis. Used primarily in lab settings, the Fourth Edition of Adventures in Criminal Justice Research, derived from the popular Adventures in Social Research (Babbie et al, Pine Forge Press/SAGE), systematically takes students through a series of investigative adventures. More than 150 screenshots in the text offer clear visual step-by-step instructions to solidify student understanding.

New to This Edition

  • Incorporates even more criminal justice exercises, policy-related exercises, and hot criminal justice–related issues throughout the book
  • Includes analysis of criminal justice and other social issues using data from GSS sets, the 2000 Census, the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Survey, and other data sets available to the public through the Internet
  • Offers increased coverage of Web-based surveys and survey software

Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries!

  • A new Student study site at www.sagepub.com/logiostudy features numerous data sets along with online appendices - Appendix A: Sample Journal Article and "How to Read a Research Article", Appendix B: College Alcohol Study Questionnaire, and Appendix C: Chapter Review Quizzes with Answers.

Intended Audience

This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology.

The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis. Used primarily in lab settings, the of , derived from the popular (Babbie et al, Pine Forge Press/SAGE), systematically takes students through a series of investigative adventures.
 

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Contents

Preparing for Criminal Justice Research
1
Chapter Review Quizzes and Independent Projects Online
17
Criminal Justice Data Sets
19
Using SPSS
29
Univariate Analysis
47
Describing a Variable
49
Working With Variables
69
Creating Composite Measures
75
Measures of Association
115
The Existence Strength and Direction of an Association
139
Multivariate Analysis
153
Exploring What Shapes Attitudes About Guns
165
Understanding College Student
173
How to Read a Research Article Online
187
References and Suggested Readings
189
Copyright

Bivariate Analysis
97

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About the author (2008)

Kim A. Logio is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She teaches research methods for sociology and criminal justice students. She is actively involved in research on victims of juvenile crime and adolescent body image.

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