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Elementary Statistics in Social Research

Elementary Statistics in Social Research

United States Edition
12th Edition

Jack Levin, James Fox, David Forde

Mar 2014, Hardback, 608 pages
ISBN13: 9780205845484
ISBN10: 0205845487
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Provides an understanding of statistics in the social sciences.

This best-selling introduction to statistical analysis in the social sciences provides the right balance of conceptual understanding and step-by-step computational techniques. The eleventh edition of Elementary Statistics in Social Research is written to be understandable to all readers, particularly those without a strong background in mathematics.

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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of statistics in the social sciences.

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Brief Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Why the Social Researcher Uses Statistics

PART ONE: Description

Chapter 2: Organizing the Data

Chapter 3: Measures of Central Tendency

Chapter 4: Measures of Variability

PART TWO: From Description to Decision Making

Chapter 5: Probability and the Normal Curve

Chapter 6: Samples and Populations

PART THREE: Decision Making

Chapter 7: Testing Differences between Means

Chapter 8: Analysis of Variance

Chapter 9: Nonparametric Tests of Significance

PART FOUR: From Decision Making to Association

Chapter 10: Correlation

Chapter 11: Regression Analysis

Chapter 12: Nonparametric Measures of Correlation

PART FIVE: Applying Statistics

Chapter 13: Choosing Statistical Procedures for Research Problems


Appendix A Introduction to SPSS

Appendix B A Review of Some Fundamentals of Mathematics

Appendix C Tables

Appendix D List of Formulas


Answers to Problems


  • Accommodates students – Written to be understandable to a broad range of students, particularly those without a strong background in mathematics.
  • Illustrations – Detailed step-by-step illustrations of statistical procedures are located at important points throughout the text.
  • Clear, logical explanations – Explanations that give the rationale and use of statistical methods in social research.
  • “Looking at the Larger Picture” boxes – This feature helps deepen student understanding of statistical methods.
  • Alternative and group formulas – As well as some non-parametric tests.
  • Supports use of SPSS – Includes SPSS problem sets at the end of chapters and an Introduction to SPSS in an appendix.

Jack Levin is the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. His research interests include, criminology, murder, prejudice and hate, and social psychology. Dr. Levin's other books include The Violence of Hate, Why We Hate, The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Sensleless Murder (with James Alan Fox), and Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder (with James Alan Fox).

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professorof Criminal Justice and Professor of Law, Policy, and Society at Northeastern University. He is the author or co-author of sixteen books including Will to Kill and Extreme Killing (both with Jack Levin); winner of the 2007 Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment scholarship; and a former Visiting Fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice.

David Forde is Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama. His principal research activity has been collecting survey and evaluation data on issues of criminal victimization and trauma. Dr. Forde is a current advisor to the National Institute for Law and Equity and a past advisor to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission on best practices to reduce crime.