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

ISBN-10: 1412963524
ISBN-13: 9781412963527
Edition: 4th 2008
Description: 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  More...
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Edition: 4th
Copyright Year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication Date: 3/31/2008
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 216
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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. Using the latest version of SPSS and providing recent data sets, this straightforward text gives students important tools for conducting and analyzing their own surveys. More than 150 screenshots in the text offer clear visual step-by-step instructions to solidify student understanding. New to This Edition § Provides step-by-step instructions for using SPSS 16.0 specifically for criminal justice research Incorporates even more criminal justice exercises, policy-related exercises, and hot criminal justicerelated 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 Ancillaries · A new student study site at www.sagepub.com/logiostudy features data sets along with four online appendices - Appendix A: How to Read a Research Article, Appendix B: College Alcohol Study Questionnaire, Appendix C: Chapter Review Quizzes and Independent Projects and Appendix D: Answers to Chapter Review Quizzes to help reinforce student learning. The SPSS 16.0 Student Resource CD is available bundled with this book, and allows students to practice what they learn conven

Kim A. Logio is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University, where she recently received a teaching award. She often teaches research methods and guides students through the completion of their undergraduate thesis projects. A member of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Logio has been interviewed for local television and National Public Radio for her work on body image and race, class, and gender differences in nutrition and weight control behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware and lives in Delaware County, Pa., with her husband and three children.

About the Authors
Preface for Instructors
Preparing for Criminal Justice Research
Theory, Measurement, and Research Development
Research in Criminal Justice
Theory in Criminal Justice: Routine Activity Theory
Hypotheses in Criminal Justice Research
Should Abortion Be Legal?
Crime, Punishment, and Violence
The Logic of Measurement
Validity Problems
Reliability Problems
Multiple Indicators
Level of Measurement
Units of Analysis
Summary
Criminal Justice Data Sets
Primary and Secondary Data Analysis
Description of a Data Set: The General Social Survey
Sampling: How Representative Are Your Data?
Data Collection
General Social Survey Variables
Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study
Other Criminal Justice Data Sets Available on the Web
Downloading Data from the Internet
Your Own Criminal Justice Survey
Summary
Using SPSS
Using SPSS to Open Existing Data Sets
Learning More: The Windows Tutorial
Creating Your Own Data Set
Coding Your Data
Entering Your Data
Using Published Criminal Justice Data
Summary
Univariate Analysis
Describing a Variable
A Graphic View
Measuring Central Tendency and Dispersion
Modifying Variables With Recode
Practicing Recodes
Saving Your Work
Summary
Working With Variables
Political Views: Liberalism Versus Conservatism
Political Policy Affiliation
Gun Laws and Capital Punishment
Understanding Binge Drinking
Other Survey Items About Crime and Justice
Crime and Justice Data for the American States
Summary
Creating Composite Measures
Using Crosstabs
Combining Two Items in an Index
Checking to See How the Index Works
Creating a More Complex Index With Count
Creating the FBI Crime Index
"Secondhand Binge Effects": Creating an Index
Summary
Bivariate Analysis
Investigating the Correlates of Binge Drinking and Attitudes Toward Gun Control and Capital Punishment: Independent Versus Dependent Variables
Moving Beyond Description: Comparing Two Variables
Comparing Binge Drinking and Gender
Examining Binge Drinking and Race
Continuing the Analysis: Binge Drinking and Religiosity
The Impact of the Minimum Purchase Law: Bingeing and Age
Political Orientation, Guns, and Capital Punishment: Independent Versus Dependent Variables
The Relationship Between POLVIEWS and PARTYID
Age and Politics
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Race, Class, and Politics
Education and Politics
Martial Status and Politics
Gun Laws and Capital Punishment
Summary
Measures of Association
Lambda
Gamma
Pearson's r, the Correlation Coefficient
Regression
Summary
The Existence, Strength, and Direction of an Association
Chi-Square
t-Tests
Analysis of Variance
Summary
Multivariate Analysis
Examining Several Independent Variables
Age, Sex, and Religiosity
Family Status and Religiosity
Social Class and Religiosity
Other Variables to Explore
Multiple Linear Regression
Summary
Exploring What Shapes Attitudes About Guns and Capital Punishment
Political Philosophy and Party Identification
The Mystery of Politics and Marital Status
Guns and Capital Punishment
Summary
Logistic Regression: Understanding College Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Binge Drinking: A Dichotomous Dependent Variable
The Odds Ratio: Gender and Binge Drinking
Using SPSS for Windows Student Version for the Odds Ratio
Logistic Regression in SPSS for Windows
Multiple Logistic Regression
Summary
How to Read a Research Article
College Alcohol Study Questionnaire (on the Student Study Site)
Chapter Review Quizzes and Independent Projects (on the Student Study Site)
Answers to Chapter Review Quizzes (on the Student Study Site)
References and Suggested Readings
Glossary/Index

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