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Statistics A Tool for Social Research, 9th Edition

STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, Ninth Edition, is a comprehensive, reader-friendly text that uses real-world examples, engaging exercises, and special features in every chapter to help even the most math-averse students succeed in a required statistics course. At the same time, this versatile text is appropriate for more advanced students in diverse social science disciplines, providing an accessible, well-balanced introduction to fundamental concepts of statistics and their practical application to a wide variety of contemporary social issues. The text covers hand calculations and the use of computers, providing a solid grounding in both traditional formulas and the latest SPSS statistical software package. Healey effectively breaks down even complex material to help students master key concepts and hone the skills they will need to succeed as professionals in a social science field–or simply to become “statistically literate,” intelligent consumers of social research.


1. Introduction. 2. Basic Descriptive Statistics: Percentages, Ratios and Rates, Tables, Charts, and Graphs. 3. Measures of Central Tendency. 4. Measures of Dispersion. 5. The Normal Curve. 6. Introduction to Inferential Statistics: Sampling and the Sampling Distribution. 7. Estimation Procedures. 8. Hypothesis Testing I: The One-Sample Case. 9. Hypothesis Testing II: The Two-Sample Case. 10. Hypothesis Testing III: The Analysis of Variance. 11. Hypothesis Testing IV: Chi Square. 12. Association Between Variables Measured at the Nominal Level. 13. Association Between Variables Measured at the Ordinal Level. 14. Association Between Variables Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level. 15. Elaborating Bivariate Tables. 16. Partial Correlation and Multiple Regression and Correlation.

About the Author

Joseph F. Healey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Christopher Newport University. He is author of THE ESSENTIALS OF STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, Third Edition (Cengage Learning, 2013); DIVERSITY AND SOCIETY, Fourth Edition (Sage, 2012); RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER AND CLASS, Sixth Edition (Pine Forge Press, 2010). He is also co-editor with York Bradshaw of SOCIOLOGY FOR A NEW CENTURY (Pine Forge, 2001) and co-author with Earl Babbie and Fred Halley of EXPLORING SOCIAL ISSUES: USING SPSS FOR WINDOWS (Sage, 2009). Dr. Healey earned his A.B. and M.A. from The College of William and Mary (sociology and anthropology) and Ph.D. from University of Virginia (sociology and anthropology). In his spare time, he plays and records music for hammer dulcimer and banjo.

I actually enjoyed my statistics class using this book, however the study guide was invaluable and gave me an opportunity to practice, practice, practice (and it had the answers to help). I will miss this course.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 9 edition (January 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111186367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111186364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches

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