August 24, 2005

Articles on Family Research Methodology

See the Special Issue: Methodology in Family Science in the Journal of Family Psychology , March 2005, Volume 19, No. 1, for useful articles on quantitative and qualitative family research methods. There are articles on survival analysis, cluster analysis, moderator effects, the actor-partner interdependence model, and more. There are also case studies in Sourcebook of Family Theory & Research, 2005.

Posted by vonko002 at 8:41 PM

Learning SPSS Syntax

SPSS is a statistical program designed to organize and analyze quantitative research data. Syntax consists of a series of commands that determine the procedures SPSS will perform. Since SPSS is widely used in social sciences research -- either by itself or in conjunction with other statistical programs such as SAS, AMOS, LISREL or MPLUS -- an introduction to SPSS is a useful component of a research based training program.

There are two methods of generating SPSS syntax: 1) writing command language from scratch and 2) using pull down menus " point-and-click" and paste. Unfortunately many SPSS resources only cover the latter and neglect the importance of using syntax to document your research process. An excellent resource that does all these things and more is by Leech, N.L., Barrett, K.C., & Morgan, G.A. (2005), SPSS for intermediate statistics: Use and interpretation and is published by Erlbaum. The appendices in Leech have a wealth of useful information. The Syntax Reference Guide that comes with the SPSS program is another important resource that new users may overlook.

Social Science Research and Instructional Council is a useful point and click online resource providing step-by-step demonstrations of various statistical procedures in SPSS, including transformation, cross-tabulation, regression, and more.

Posted by vonko002 at 11:06 AM

August 18, 2005

Cluster Analysis

The author of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast has posted several useful resources on cluster analysis.

Posted by vonko002 at 4:41 PM

Power Analysis

Jacob Cohen's A Power Primer in Psychological Bulletin (1992, Vol. 112. No. 1, 155-159) is a great place to start. A more extensive resource, also by Jacob Cohen, is Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences (2nd ed., Hillsdale, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 1988). The Cohen book has excellent introductory chapters if you want to better understand the purposes and terms associated with power analyses.

Posted by vonko002 at 2:13 PM