Professional

Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 10th Edition

  • Joseph F. Healey Christopher Newport University
  • ISBN-10: 1285458850  |  ISBN-13: 9781285458854
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
  • List Price = $ 270.95
  • For quantity discounts, Contact your Representative
  • For single copy purchases, visit CengageBrain.com

Online Options

Online Product Overviews

About

Overview

Packed with everyday examples of statistics in the real world, STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, 10e, provides a reader-friendly introduction to the fundamental concepts of statistics and their practical application to a wide variety of contemporary social issues. Using myriad examples of statistics from daily life, the text demonstrates that statistics are not just abstract mathematical constructs but have practical value in government, education, business, media, politics, sports, and much more. STATISTICS helps you understand the importance of statistical fundamentals in research without requiring advanced mathematical knowledge. It supports effective learning for both math-averse beginners as well as more advanced students in diverse social science disciplines. Focusing on the application of computational research in favor of the computations themselves, the text fully integrates with the most current version of IBM's SPSS software and labels end-of-chapter SPSS problems by the discipline from which they are drawn. The author breaks down even the most complex material to help you master key concepts and develop the skills you need to succeed as a professional in a social science field-or simply to become a “statistically literate” consumer of social research.

Features and Benefits

  • Extremely readable and easy to use, STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH is known for its student-friendly presentation.
  • Included in every chapter, the “Statistics in Everyday Life” feature provides examples of the relevance and usefulness of statistics in a wide variety of situations, ranging from telephone solicitations to the effect of the Internet on the crime of rape. These examples of everyday applications of statistics demonstrate to students that statistics are not just abstract mathematical constructs but have practical value in the real world of government, education, business, media, politics, sports, and more.
  • End-of-chapter SPSS exercises equip students with hands-on experience, requiring them to be actively involved in the exercises, stating research questions, selecting appropriate variables, and interpreting results.
  • Interpretation is emphasized throughout the text.
  • “One Step at a Time” features present at-a-glance computational procedures for each statistic, making it easy for students to immediately apply their knowledge and appreciate the practical value of the material.
  • Because math anxiety is a common and often serious problem for many students, the text provides a substantial math review section, including a self-test, to help students hone skills required for the course and gain confidence in their own ability to master the material.
  • Streamlined content and a student-friendly page design make the text more approachable and less intimidating for students with math anxiety, as well as more enjoyable for all students and instructors.
  • Overviews for each section of the text clarify the organization, preview the content and key concepts, and help students understand why the material is covered. Extensive problem sets at the end of each chapter and multi-chapter cumulative exercises help students review key concepts and operations.
  • Almost all end-of-chapter problems are labeled by the social science discipline or discipline from which they are drawn: SOC for sociology, SW for social work, PS for political science, CJ for criminal justice, PA for public administration, and GER for gerontology. By identifying problems with specific disciplines, students can more easily see the relevance of statistics to their own academic interests. They will also see that the disciplines have a large subject matter in common.
  • All end-of-chapter problem sections include SPSS problems.
  • The text explores the role of statistics in social science research, including how to select an appropriate method for a specific problem and data set as well as how to analyze the statistical results. All problem examples are presented in the context of social research.
  • “Interpreting Statistics” sections provide non-computational examples demonstrating the application of statistical analysis to real research problems.
  • “Reading Statistics” boxes introduce students to professional literature and ways social scientists apply and interpret statistics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
PART I: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS.
2. Basic Descriptive Statistics: Tables, Percentages, Ratios and Rates, and Graphs.
3. Measures of Central Tendency.
4. Measures of Dispersion.
5. The Normal Curve.
PART II INFERENTIAL STATISTICS.
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.
PART III BIVARIATE MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION.
12. Bivariate Association for Nominal- and Ordinal-Level Variables.
13. Association Between Variables Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level.
PART IV: MULTIVARIATE TECHNIQUES.
14. Elaborating Bivariate Tables.
15. Partial Correlation and Multiple Regression and Correlation.
Appendix A: Area Under the Normal Curve.
Appendix B: Distribution of t.
Appendix C: Distribution of Chi Square.
Appendix D: Distribution of F.

What's New

  • Ensuring students gain a thorough understanding, the all-new “Using SPSS” feature demonstrates how to generate and interpret the statistics in the chapter and features SPSS screen shots.
  • A primary goal of the Tenth Edition is to provide more examples of everyday applications of statistics and highlight the relevance of statistics in the real world. The new “Using Statistics” feature at the beginning of each chapter walks students step by step through the process of applying statistics to real-world social issues.
  • Completely up to date, the new Tenth Edition reflects the latest practices, research, and developments from the field. Data sets used for examples and end-of-chapter problems have been updated.
  • Now more streamlined, the Tenth Edition combines the former Chapters 12 and 13 into a single Chapter 12, “Bivariate Association For Nominal- and Ordinal-Level Variables”.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + IBM SPSS Statistics Student Version 21.0 for Windows

ISBN-10: 1305238958  | ISBN-13: 9781305238954

List Price = $325.95  | CengageBrain Price = $325.95


Printed Text + LMS Integrated for Aplia ™, 1 term Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305625544 | ISBN-13:  9781305625549

List Price = $284.95  | CengageBrain Price = $284.95


Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor’s Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285742656 | ISBN-13: 9781285742656)

This fully updated and revised supplement contains a chapter summary and learning objectives and details what is new in the tenth edition of the textbook. The instructor’s manual is available for download on the instructor companion website.

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285742680 | ISBN-13: 9781285742687)

This fully updated and revised supplement contains forty-five to fifty-five multiple choice and three to four essay questions per chapter. The test bank is available for download on the instructor companion website.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285742672 | ISBN-13: 9781285742670)

Aplia is an online interactive learning solution that helps you improve comprehension-and your grade-by integrating a variety of tools such as video, tutorials, practice tests, and an interactive eBook.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285979133 | ISBN-13: 9781285979137)

Cengage Learning Testing powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the Statistics test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285770730 | ISBN-13: 9781285770734)

Aplia is an online interactive learning solution that helps you improve comprehension-and your grade-by integrating a variety of tools such as video, tutorials, practice tests, and an interactive eBook.

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

Aplia™, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305084330 | ISBN-13: 9781305084339)

One million+ students, one billion answers In just 10 years, more than one billion answers have been submitted through Aplia, the premier online assignment solution. Millions of students use Aplia to better prepare for class and for their exams. Join them today! Know what’s important Aplia assignments mean “no surprises”—with an at-a-glance view of current assignments organized by due date, you always know what’s due, and when. Discover real-world relevance Aplia ties your lessons into real-world applications so you get a bigger, better picture of how you’ll use your education in your future workplace. Master the content Automatic grading and immediate step-by-step feedback helps you master content the right way the first time. Student Testimonial: “I was very engaged; the content in Aplia is useful. The study tools and materials in Aplia most definitely help me feel more prepared. I understood more than I would have otherwise.” - Tia Student, Glendale Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about Aplia for this course. www.cengage.com/aplia

List Price = $108.00  | CengageBrain Price = $108.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.00

LMS Integrated for Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285871073 | ISBN-13: 9781285871073)

One million+ students, one billion answers In just 10 years, more than one billion answers have been submitted through Aplia, the premier online assignment solution. Millions of students use Aplia to better prepare for class and for their exams. Join them today! Know what’s important Aplia assignments mean “no surprises”—with an at-a-glance view of current assignments organized by due date, you always know what’s due, and when. Discover real-world relevance Aplia ties your lessons into real-world applications so you get a bigger, better picture of how you’ll use your education in your future workplace. Master the content Automatic grading and immediate step-by-step feedback helps you master content the right way the first time. Student Testimonial: “I was very engaged; the content in Aplia is useful. The study tools and materials in Aplia most definitely help me feel more prepared. I understood more than I would have otherwise.” - Tia Student, Glendale Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about Aplia for this course. www.cengage.com/aplia

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

LMS Integrated for Aplia™, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 130509039X | ISBN-13: 9781305090392)

One million+ students, one billion answers In just 10 years, more than one billion answers have been submitted through Aplia, the premier online assignment solution. Millions of students use Aplia to better prepare for class and for their exams. Join them today! Know what’s important Aplia assignments mean “no surprises”—with an at-a-glance view of current assignments organized by due date, you always know what’s due, and when. Discover real-world relevance Aplia ties your lessons into real-world applications so you get a bigger, better picture of how you’ll use your education in your future workplace. Master the content Automatic grading and immediate step-by-step feedback helps you master content the right way the first time. Student Testimonial: “I was very engaged; the content in Aplia is useful. The study tools and materials in Aplia most definitely help me feel more prepared. I understood more than I would have otherwise.” - Tia Student, Glendale Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about Aplia for this course. www.cengage.com/aplia

List Price = $108.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.00

MindTap® Sociology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research  (ISBN-10: 1337119385 | ISBN-13: 9781337119382)

It’s 1 AM, there are 20 tabs open on your computer, you lost your flashcards for the test, and you’re so tired you can’t even read. It’d be nice if someone came up with a more efficient way of studying. Luckily, someone did. With a single login for MindTap® Sociology for Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 10th Edition you can connect with your instructor, organize coursework, and have access to a range of study tools, including e-book and apps all in one place! Manage your time and workload without the hassle of heavy books! The MindTap Reader keeps all your notes together, lets you print the material, and will even read text out loud. With the learning objectives and visual summary, you can start each chapter with a clear understanding of what you need to know, and where you can find it. Find pre-populated flashcards and the entire eBook in the MindTap Mobile App, as well as quizzes and important course alerts. Not quite comfortable with the material? Try a Practice Activity, which provides instant feedback to improve your understanding. Want to know where you stand? Use the Progress app to track your performance in relation to other students.

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

Student Supplements

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285770730 | ISBN-13: 9781285770734)

Aplia is an online interactive learning solution that helps you improve comprehension-and your grade-by integrating a variety of tools such as video, tutorials, practice tests, and an interactive eBook.

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

Aplia™, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305084330 | ISBN-13: 9781305084339)

One million+ students, one billion answers In just 10 years, more than one billion answers have been submitted through Aplia, the premier online assignment solution. Millions of students use Aplia to better prepare for class and for their exams. Join them today! Know what’s important Aplia assignments mean “no surprises”—with an at-a-glance view of current assignments organized by due date, you always know what’s due, and when. Discover real-world relevance Aplia ties your lessons into real-world applications so you get a bigger, better picture of how you’ll use your education in your future workplace. Master the content Automatic grading and immediate step-by-step feedback helps you master content the right way the first time. Student Testimonial: “I was very engaged; the content in Aplia is useful. The study tools and materials in Aplia most definitely help me feel more prepared. I understood more than I would have otherwise.” - Tia Student, Glendale Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about Aplia for this course. www.cengage.com/aplia

List Price = $108.00  | CengageBrain Price = $108.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.00

LMS Integrated for Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285871073 | ISBN-13: 9781285871073)

One million+ students, one billion answers In just 10 years, more than one billion answers have been submitted through Aplia, the premier online assignment solution. Millions of students use Aplia to better prepare for class and for their exams. Join them today! Know what’s important Aplia assignments mean “no surprises”—with an at-a-glance view of current assignments organized by due date, you always know what’s due, and when. Discover real-world relevance Aplia ties your lessons into real-world applications so you get a bigger, better picture of how you’ll use your education in your future workplace. Master the content Automatic grading and immediate step-by-step feedback helps you master content the right way the first time. Student Testimonial: “I was very engaged; the content in Aplia is useful. The study tools and materials in Aplia most definitely help me feel more prepared. I understood more than I would have otherwise.” - Tia Student, Glendale Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about Aplia for this course. www.cengage.com/aplia

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

LMS Integrated for Aplia™, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 130509039X | ISBN-13: 9781305090392)

One million+ students, one billion answers In just 10 years, more than one billion answers have been submitted through Aplia, the premier online assignment solution. Millions of students use Aplia to better prepare for class and for their exams. Join them today! Know what’s important Aplia assignments mean “no surprises”—with an at-a-glance view of current assignments organized by due date, you always know what’s due, and when. Discover real-world relevance Aplia ties your lessons into real-world applications so you get a bigger, better picture of how you’ll use your education in your future workplace. Master the content Automatic grading and immediate step-by-step feedback helps you master content the right way the first time. Student Testimonial: “I was very engaged; the content in Aplia is useful. The study tools and materials in Aplia most definitely help me feel more prepared. I understood more than I would have otherwise.” - Tia Student, Glendale Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about Aplia for this course. www.cengage.com/aplia

List Price = $108.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.00

MindTap® Sociology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research  (ISBN-10: 1337119385 | ISBN-13: 9781337119382)

It’s 1 AM, there are 20 tabs open on your computer, you lost your flashcards for the test, and you’re so tired you can’t even read. It’d be nice if someone came up with a more efficient way of studying. Luckily, someone did. With a single login for MindTap® Sociology for Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 10th Edition you can connect with your instructor, organize coursework, and have access to a range of study tools, including e-book and apps all in one place! Manage your time and workload without the hassle of heavy books! The MindTap Reader keeps all your notes together, lets you print the material, and will even read text out loud. With the learning objectives and visual summary, you can start each chapter with a clear understanding of what you need to know, and where you can find it. Find pre-populated flashcards and the entire eBook in the MindTap Mobile App, as well as quizzes and important course alerts. Not quite comfortable with the material? Try a Practice Activity, which provides instant feedback to improve your understanding. Want to know where you stand? Use the Progress app to track your performance in relation to other students.

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joseph F. Healey

Joseph F. Healey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology Christopher Newport University. He is author of STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, 10th Edition (Cengage, 2014); RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER AND CLASS, 7th Edition (Sage, 2015); DIVERSITY AND SOCIETY, 4th Edition (Sage, 2014); and is co-author of several other texts. 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 the hammer dulcimer and banjo.