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

Fourth Edition


February 2008 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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. More than 150 screenshots in the text offer clear visual step-by-step instructions to solidify student understanding.

New to This Edition

  • Incorporates even more criminal justice exercises, policy-related exercises, and hot criminal justice–related 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

Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries!

  • A new Student study site at www.sagepub.com/logiostudy features numerous data sets along with online appendices - Appendix A: Sample Journal Article and "How to Read a Research Article", Appendix B: College Alcohol Study Questionnaire, and Appendix C: Chapter Review Quizzes with Answers.

Intended Audience

This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology.

The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis. Used primarily in lab settings, the of , derived from the popular (Babbie et al, Pine Forge Press/SAGE), systematically takes students through a series of investigative adventures.

 
About the Authors
 
Preface for Instructors
 
Part I: Preparing for Criminal Justice Research
 
Chapter 1: Theory, Measurement, and Research Development
1.1 Research in Criminal Justice

 
1.2 Theory in Criminal Justice: Routine Activity Theory

 
1.3 Hypotheses in Criminal Justice Research

 
1.4 Should Abortion Be Legal?

 
1.5 Crime, Punishment, and Violence

 
1.6 The Logic of Measurement

 
1.7 Validity Problems

 
1.8 Reliability Problems

 
1.9 Multiple Indicators

 
1.10 Level of Measurement

 
1.11 Units of Analysis

 
1.12 Summary

 
 
Chapter 2: Criminal Justice Data Sets
2.1 Primary and Secondary Data Analysis

 
2.2 Description of a Data Set: The General Social Survey

 
2.3 Sampling: How Representative Are Your Data?

 
2.4 Data Collection

 
2.5 General Social Survey Variables

 
2.6 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study

 
2.7 Other Criminal Justice Data Sets Available on the Web

 
2.8 Downloading Data from the Internet

 
2.9 Your Own Criminal Justice Survey

 
2.10 Summary

 
 
Chapter 3: Using SPSS
3.1 Using SPSS to Open Existing Data Sets

 
3.2 Learning More: The Windows Tutorial

 
3.3 Creating Your Own Data Set

 
3.4 Coding Your Data

 
3.5 Entering Your Data

 
3.6 Using Published Criminal Justice Data

 
3.7 Summary

 
 
Part II: Univariate Analysis
 
Chapter 4: Describing a Variable
4.1 A Graphic View

 
4.2 Measuring Central Tendency and Dispersion

 
4.3 Modifying Variables With Recode

 
4.4 Practicing Recodes

 
4.5 Saving Your Work

 
4.6 Summary

 
 
Chapter 5: Working With Variables
5.1 Political Views: Liberalism Versus Conservatism

 
5.2 Political Policy Affiliation

 
5.3 Gun Laws and Capital Punishment

 
5.4 Understanding Binge Drinking

 
5.5 Other Survey Items About Crime and Justice

 
5.6 Crime and Justice Data for the American States

 
5.7 Summary

 
 
Chapter 6: Creating Composite Measures
6.1 Using Crosstabs

 
6.2 Combining Two Items in an Index

 
6.3 Checking to See How the Index Works

 
6.4 Creating a More Complex Index With Count

 
6.5 Creating the FBI Crime Index

 
6.6 "Secondhand Binge Effects": Creating an Index

 
6.7 Summary

 
 
Part III: Bivariate Analysis
 
Chapter 7: Investigating the Correlates of Binge Drinking and Attitudes Toward Gun Control and Capital Punishment: Independent Versus Dependent Variables
7.1 Moving Beyond Description: Comparing Two Variables

 
7.2 Comparing Binge Drinking and Gender

 
7.3 Examining Binge Drinking and Race

 
7.4 Continuing the Analysis: Binge Drinking and Religiosity

 
7.5 The Impact of the Minimum Purchase Law: Bingeing and Age

 
7.6 Political Orientation, Guns, and Capital Punishment: Independent Versus Dependent Variables

 
7.7 The Relationship Between POLVIEWS and PARTYID

 
7.8 Age and Politics

 
7.9 Religion and Politics

 
7.10 Gender and Politics

 
7.11 Race, Class, and Politics

 
7.12 Education and Politics

 
7.13 Martial Status and Politics

 
7.14 Gun Laws and Capital Punishment

 
7.15 Summary

 
 
Chapter 8: Measures of Association
8.1 Lambda

 
8.2 Gamma

 
8.3 Pearson's r, the Correlation Coefficient

 
8.4 Regression

 
8.5 Summary

 
 
Chapter 9: The Existence, Strength, and Direction of an Association
9.1 Chi-Square

 
9.2 t-Tests

 
9.3 Analysis of Variance

 
9.4 Summary

 
 
Part IV: Multivariate Analysis
 
Chapter 10: Examining Several Independent Variables
10.1 Age, Sex, and Religiosity

 
10.2 Family Status and Religiosity

 
10.3 Social Class and Religiosity

 
10.4 Other Variables to Explore

 
10.5 Multiple Linear Regression

 
10.6 Summary

 
 
Chapter 11: Exploring What Shapes Attitudes About Guns and Capital Punishment
11.1 Political Philosophy and Party Identification

 
11.2 The Mystery of Politics and Marital Status

 
11.3 Guns and Capital Punishment

 
11.4 Summary

 
 
Chapter 12: Logistic Regression: Understanding College Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse
12.1 Binge Drinking: A Dichotomous Dependent Variable

 
12.2 The Odds Ratio: Gender and Binge Drinking

 
12.3 Using SPSS for Windows Student Version for the Odds Ratio

 
12.4 Logistic Regression in SPSS for Windows

 
12.5 Multiple Logistic Regression

 
12.6 Summary

 
 
Appendix A: How to Read a Research Article
 
Appendix B: College Alcohol Study Questionnaire (on the Student Study Site)
 
Appendix C: Chapter Review Quizzes and Independent Projects (on the Student Study Site)
 
Appendix D: Answers to Chapter Review Quizzes (on the Student Study Site)
 
References and Suggested Readings
Glossary/Index

 

I am happy with the current text. I will continue to use it as long as it is viable.

Dr Mike Miller
Criminal Justice, South College
November 6, 2012

Excellent guide to using SPSS for criminal justice.

Dr Richard Wiebe
Behavioral Sciences Dept, Fitchburg State College
February 7, 2011

Useful for helping students get into actual data analysis.

Dr Richard Wiebe
Behavioral Sciences Dept, Fitchburg State College
December 2, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

SPSS Installation Instructions


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