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SPSS for Psychologists: A Guide to Data Analysis Using SPSS for Windows [Paperback]

Nicola Brace , Richard Kemp , Rosemary Snelgar
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31 Mar 2006 1403987874 978-1403987877 3rd Revised edition
The new edition of this bestselling guide to SPSS carefully leads the user through the process of using SPSS to analyse psychological data. As with previous editions, the Third Edition retains the breadth of coverage, clear writing and flexibility that has made it such a popular companion for students at all levels.

The text:

- covers SPSS version 14 as well as 13, and draws attention to the main ways in which these versions differ from earlier versions
- uses clearly annotated screenshots to walk the reader through the use of software
- includes the major quantitative statistical techniques used in psychology, from introductory to advanced research level
- provides guidance on reporting analysis results
- always reminds the readers of the basic issues regarding design and statistics, and discusses the rationale and use of each test

New to this edition:

- An all-new chapter on time series analysis
- New coverage of reliability measures, partial correlations, and using statistics for scale constructions

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403987874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403987877
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A first rate textbook...Well written with the student in mind at every stage.'
-- T. J. Wheeler, Chester University College, UK

'An invaluable resource for students... well written and appropriately illustrate.' -- Dr Costas Karageorghis, Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology, Brunel University, UK

'Covered clearly and in a 'student-friendly' style, the new additions to this 3rd edition provide additional and very useful resources in what is already an excellent introductory text.' -- Dr Diane Wildbur, Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University, UK

'This is the best SPSS book I've ever seen...Every student should have a copy!' -- Dr James Jackson, Teaching Fellow, Hull University, UK

'Unique in providing an accessible approach to SPSS without neglecting the complexities of statistics. I recommend it to undergraduates and use it for my own research!' -- Dr Willem Kuyken, Reader in Clinical Psychology & Co-Director Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter, UK


'Covered clearly and in a 'student-friendly' style, the new additions to this 3rd edition provide additional and very useful resources in what is already an excellent introductory text.'

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPSS for psychologists - excellent 19 Oct 2003
By A Customer
This book provided excellent navigation through the software package using valuable annotated screen diagrams and useful tip summaries. For the novice (both to statistics and SPSS) it is a fantastic synopsis of the process. It provides an explanation of basic statistic concepts and takes you through using SPSS. The combination allows you to understand what analysis is needed and how to perform this in SPSS thereby getting the best results from the system. The one minor shortfall is in the index which could be more comprehensive. I am a novice at statistics and have always dreaded using SPSS believing it to be complex and geared for statisticians, this book convinced my otherwise and I would recommend it to all scientists doing research using SPSS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new SPSS bible from basic to PhD 21 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This book is about as user friendly as they come. I've trawled through quite a few books on the same subject and not found anything that comes close. It is very clearly laid out, with explanations of which test to perform and why, what buttons to press, what the output means and even how to report it in your results. It will get you started if you're a beginner or keep you going through your thesis as a quick reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and understand 21 Feb 2005
By Karen
This is a great book for students just learning about SPSS as well as assistants or psychologists who want to re-familiarise themselves with the basics. The layout is simple and the authors cover everything from an overview of basic experimental designs to how to input, handle and analyse data using all the basic tests. The writing style is clear and easy to understand - even if you're a beginner. I would definitely recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars making things simple 6 Oct 2005
This is an excellent choice for the student who likes psychology but can't hack stats. Procedures, terminology etc are explained about as clearly as is possible. This of course means that some parts will be a bit over-simplified, but you can't please all of the people all of the time and this is foremost a practical book for SPSS users. The only real drawback is that the index is a bit incomplete, leaving you in the dark if you want to check what a Levene's is in a hurry. Apart from this a breath of fresh air in an field beset by books by boffins for boffins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPSS simplified! 21 Sep 2006
By Jonathan VINE VOICE
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Don't be put off by the title of this book if you are a non-psychologist. And don't be put off if you are a psychologist. If you need to learn SPSS from scratch quickly then this is the best book around. It teaches by example and the step-by-step explanations are remarkably easy to understand. I first learnt SPSS using the first edition of this book. Since then I have read several others. Now in its 3rd edition this one is still the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for psychology students 8 Jan 2010
By Helga
combining explanations found in the methods book for psychology courses i.e. DSE212 of the OU with pratical step-by-step navigation on how to preform more advanced tasks in SPSS (better than the ou books) this is a must have book & manual in one. After each explination ie. correlation studies, there is pratical step-by-step tasks, then analysis of the tasks and most imporantly of all, an example of how you would report the data in your tma/essay. I am in awe and found it money spend wisely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book... 11 Sep 2010
I had a nightmare with my stats for my MSc dissertation and this was definitely the best book to help me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
OK... this is not as comprehensive as Dr Field's text. But for those needing a simple resume of key statistical concepts and how to perform them using SPSS, this is invaluable.
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Useful to help with SPSS but lacked some clarification. I needed to use this book with a couple of others to fully understand certain aspects of SPSS but it did help.
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