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Compassionate Statistics

Compassionate Statistics
Applied Quantitative Analysis for Social Services (With exercises and instructions in SPSS)

July 2007 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Designed as a companion manual to mainstream methods textbooks, this text provides a comprehensive, yet pragmatic, resource for social service professionals to use standard descriptive and inferential statistical techniques in ways that are meaningful to them, to their social agencies, to their funding sources, and, ultimately, to their clients.
1. Introduction, Overview, and Nondefinitions
2. Levels of Data: Nominal, Ordinal, and Scale
3. Presenting Data in Tables
4. Presenting Data in Figures
5. The 3 Ms: Mean, Median, and Mode
6. Standard Deviations, Ranges, and Quartiles
7. Other Descriptive Statistics
8. Probability and Statistical Significance
9. Chi-Square Test of Independence
10. Correlation: Scattergrams
11. Correlation: Spearman's rho and Pearson's r
12. t-Test for Paired Samples
13. t-Test for Independent Samples
14. One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) With Post Hoc Tests
15. Nonparametric Alternatives to Common Parametric Tests
Appendix A: Getting Started With SPSS
Appendix B: SPSS Data Sets
Appendix C: Outline of Common Univariate and Bivariate Statistical Procedures
Appendix D: Outline of Common Parametric and Nonparametric Inferential Tests
Appendix E: Table of Random Numbers With Instructions
Appendix F: Glossary of Terms
About the Author

This is an accessible book written in down to earth language. It is suitable for beginner students as it explains the basic concepts such as mean and standard deviations alongside examples - which make this a very clear book for students.

Dr Gemma Griffith
School of Psychology, Bangor University
June 23, 2015

easy to understand

Dr Alex Kerwin
Counseling Dept, Idaho State Univ-Pocatello
December 23, 2014

What I needed for class

Dr Stephanie Burns
Graduate Counseling, Heidelberg College - Tiffin
September 6, 2012

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Vincent E. Faherty

Vincent Faherty earned his doctorate in Social Work (DSW) from the University of Utah in 1976. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the International Management Institute of the University of Geneva (1985), a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University (1970), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cathedral College & Seminary (1958).  He has taught statistics and social work research methods for the past 18 years at the University of Southern Maine.  Prior to that, he taught at the University of Northern Iowa and at the University of Columbia-Missouri. More About Author

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