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A Beginner's Guide to Structural Equation Modeling
A Beginner's Guide to Structural Equation Modeling
by Randall E. Schumacker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Just useful, 10 Mar 2013
If you are an intermediate statistician (i.e. you are well grounded in regression in all its forms and aspects) then this will help you on the journey to being advanced. SEQ is difficult but incredibly powerful and use hIt takes you through the process one step at a time and briefly reviews some of the background you need. But don't expect to get enough background just from the book.
I think it is now out of print - I got my copy second hand. But an update and re-release would be a good idea.


Scale Development: Theory and Applications (Applied Social Research Methods)
Scale Development: Theory and Applications (Applied Social Research Methods)
by Robert F. DeVellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 26.34

5.0 out of 5 stars The business, 10 Mar 2013
Takes you through the process from start to finish. Makes the technical accessible. Incorporates the theory but only in the context of practice. If you are trying to go beyond simple survey questions and actually measure something validly and reliably then it is a must have.


Summated Rating Scale Construction: An Introduction (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)
Summated Rating Scale Construction: An Introduction (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)
by Paul E. (Elliot) Spector
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 10 Mar 2013
Dry but to the point. You need to be reasonably au fait with statistics to read it. But if you are not you can still get a lot from it. Like all this Sage series it is no frills.


Rethinking Substance Abuse: What the Science Shows, And What We Should Do About It
Rethinking Substance Abuse: What the Science Shows, And What We Should Do About It
by William R. Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 45.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point to read about addiction, 27 April 2006
William Miller - according to his biog at the beginning of the book - is one of the world's most cited scientists. This is not surprising given he is one of the originators of Motivational Interviewing, also given that he produces books like this. It is destined to influence drug treatment programmes and get quoted for some time to come. The basic idea of the book is to get experts in highly specialized sub-fields of the addictions (i.e. genetics, pharmacology, social policy and therapy) and get them to make simple accessible summaries of what is known in their field, and then propose 'robust priniciples' for how this knowledge might be incorporated into treatment programmes. The authors then draw all this together into ten principles of treatment and ten recommendations. It uses non-technical language, quotes only the most important references and has useful reading lists. If you are new to working in addiction it will be a useful introduction and it would make a good book for an introductory course, or a journal club presentation. If you are a more experienced addictions professional it may not tell you too much that is new, but it will help you to make links between aspects of addictions that could prove useful. I've held off giving five stars for two reasons. Firstly a paperback edition would make it more accessible, secondly in five years research may have moved on making some of the information obsolete.


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