Intermediate Statistics: A Modern Approach

James Stevens’ best-selling text, Intermediate Statistics, is written for those who use, rather than develop, statistical techniques. Dr. Stevens focuses on a conceptual understanding of the material rather than on proving the results.  SAS and SPSS are an integral part of each chapter.  Definitional formulas are used on small data sets to provide conceptual insight into what is being measured.


The assumptions underlying each analysis are emphasized and the reader is shown how to test the critical assumptions using SPSS or SAS.  Printouts with annotations from SAS or SPSS show how to process the data for each analysis.  The annotations highlight what the numbers mean and how to interpret the results.  Numerical, conceptual, and computer exercises enhance understanding.  Answers are provided for half of the exercises.


The book offers comprehensive coverage of one-way, power, and factorial analysis of variance, repeated measures analysis, simple and multiple regression, analysis of covariance, and HLM. Power analysis is an integral part of the book. A computer example of real data integrates many of the concepts.  Highlights of the Third Edition include:



  • A new chapter on hierarchical linear modeling using HLM6

  • A CD containing all of the book’s data sets

  • New coverage of how to cross validate multiple regression results with SPSS and a new section on model selection (Chapter 6)

  • More exercises in each chapter.

Intended for intermediate statistics or statistics II courses taught in departments of psychology, education, business, and other social and behavioral sciences, a prerequisite of introductory statistics is required.  An Instructor’s Resource is available upon adoption.  See www.researchmethodsarena.com .

The Education-Drug Use Connection: How Successes and Failures in School Relate to Adolescent Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use, and Delinquency

Does success in school protect teenagers from drug use? Does drug use impair scholastic success? This book tackles a key issue in adolescent development and health – the education-drug use connection. The authors examine the links and likely causal connections between educational experiences, delinquent behavior, and adolescent use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.


The book uses data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future project. It focuses on a large and nationally representative sample of 8th grade students in the United States who were initially surveyed in 1991-1993 and then followed over the vitally important developmental period between ages 14 and 22. The volume uses a variety of statistical analysis techniques, and the findings can be understood by individuals with limited, as well as with extensive, backgrounds in research design. The findings convincingly demonstrate that if young people can be successful in school, it can improve a broad range of outcomes in their lives, not the least of which is their ability to resist pressures to use drugs. The book provides: a summary of the findings and conclusions; a review of relevant literature; a detailed discussion of the survey and analysis methods; the academic attainment of those in the longitudinal panel; the delinquent behaviors of panel members as they relate to measures of educational success; and the patterns of initiation, continuation, and cessation for each substance: cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol.


This book is intended for anyone who deals with education and/or substance use, including educational, developmental, and social psychologists; sociologists; epidemiologists; educators; and policy makers. The analysis of panel survey data, using a variety of techniques, will also appeal to survey methodologists and students.

Key Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being: Completing the Picture

Indicators of child and youth well-being are indispensable tools for improving the lives of children. In this book, the nation’s leading development researchers review the recent progress made in the measurement, collection, dissemination, and use of indicators of child and youth well-being. In addition, they identify opportunities for future research to expand and improve on the indicator data available, so as to develop greater measures of positive development.
 
The first eleven chapters cover key indicators in the areas of health, education, social, and emotional development and then social context indicators of the family, peers, school, and the community. The book then goes on to demonstrate the use of indicators for influencing policy at the state and local levels. One chapter discusses how social indicators were used to guide welfare reform and another recounts the use of the indicators to guide local planning.  The volume concludes with a discussion of summary indices of well-being and the methodological challenges of constructing such indices.
 
Written in an accessible manner for policy makers, practitioners, and researchers concerned with children’s well-being, including experts in developmental, social, community, and educational psychology, the book also serves as a supplementary text in public policy and the social sciences. The policy chapters will be of particular interest to those who use child and youth indicators to guide policy development.

Leadership at a Distance: Research in Technologically-Supported Work

This volume offers insights from a noted group of scholars who discuss the complex phenomenon of leadership in distributed work settings – also known as leadership at a distance. Editor Suzanne Weisband addresses the ubiquitous roles leaders play, their scale of work, and the range of technologies available to them, while setting new directions in studying leadership at a distance. A unique perspective of empirical research unfolds, representing a variety of fields and methods to foster a better understanding of the role technology plays in leadership, and how leadership is shaped by the use of technology.


Leadership at a Distance begins with an overview of the challenges leaders face in the 21st Century, followed by a discussion of:



  • Field studies and innovative ways of thinking about leadership in distributed work settings

  • Experiments on the group dynamics and social processes involved in leading teams at a distance

  • Research on leadership in large-scale distributed collaborations, as well as lessons learned about leadership at a distance and future research directions.

Managers, organizational behavior psychologists, human factors and industrial engineers, and sociologists will consider this book of interest and will appreciate its interdisciplinary scope.

Existential and Spiritual Issues in Death Attitudes

Existential and Spiritual Issues in Death Attitudes provides: an in-depth examination of death attitudes, existentialism, and spirituality and their relationships; a review of the major theoretical models; clinical applications of these models to issues such as infertility, bereavement, anxiety, and suicide; and an introduction to meaning management theory and how it can be applied to grief counseling.


In this new volume, death is treated both as a threat to meaning and as an opportunity to create meaning. The first section introduces theory and methodology to connect the latest empirical research on death attitudes to the philosophical/psychological existential and spirituality literature. Part II presents the latest empirical research on subjects such as end-of-life decisions and living with HIV. The final section considers therapeutic applications to issues including suicide, infertility, bereavement, and anxiety. The concluding chapter highlights the book’s common themes and provides questions to encourage further investigation of the most critical topics.


Psychologists, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, and religious leaders, as well as academics in the fields of psychology, gerontology, philosophy, religion, counseling, social work, sociology, and medicine will value this new resource. Main points summarize important ideas of each chapter, making it an appropriate text in courses on death and dying and/or and spirituality. Its clinical applications will appeal to practicing professionals.

The Early Years Health and Safety Handbook

‘The layout and presentation of the text, with bullet points, checklists and sample policy documents make the book useful for staff training sessions as well as a reference point for practitioners with management responsibility for any aspect of early years practice.’ – Early Years Update


If you work in Early Years settings it is essential that you are well informed and aware of health and safety issues and procedures that you may face on a day-to-day basis. Building on the author’s previous books How to Keep Children Safe and How to do a Health and Safety Audit, this book offers clear, concise and practical information about health and safety, whilst fully translating the legislative documentation that surrounds it to ensure that you meet the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Each chapter includes a summary of key points, self-review activities and best-practice checklists to help you apply the information to everyday activities. There are also clear guidelines on how to carry a health and safety audit along with photocopiable templates and forms that can be easily adapted for your own use. Covering all aspects of health and safety, The Early Years Health and Safety Handbook includes guidance on issues such as:




  • planning for a safe environment;



  • risk assessments;



  • the most common types of accidents and how to prevent them;



  • safety for indoor and outdoor play;



  • preparing for outings and trips;



  • first aid for staff and children.


Written in accordance with national health and safety standards that have to be achieved at inspection, this ‘how to’ guide is vital for anyone working in an Early Years setting looking to certify that their environment is safe as well as fun.

Learning From Winners: How the ARF Ogilvy Award Winners Use Market Research to Create Advertising Success

This book demonstrates how the best companies use the creative application of research, done up front, to produce the big ideas with significant impact on the market and on the people, employees, partners, retailers and customers. Readers of this book will experience how brand managers and their agencies use the right research to drive new brand insights, re-define problems or markets, support risk-taking ideas, and illuminate diverse audiences. This book will be an invaluable resource for business executives looking for market strategy, consumer psychologists, teachers, students, and practitioners looking for a trusted guide for study in advertising, marketing and promotion.

International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives

Many dimensions of family life have changed. Age at marriage has risen, arranged marriages and extended families have declined, intergenerational relationships have been altered, and contraceptive usage has become widespread. Until now, most explanations have focused on structural influences that emphasize changes in social and economic circumstances and constraints.


There is growing recognition, however, that structural changes alone are insufficient and that broad ideational and normative forces must be included in order to better understand family changes around the world. These ideational forces include the growing emphasis on personal freedom, social equality, and individual prerogative. These new ideas are related to the place and role of individuals relative to family and larger community, and to changing norms concerning marriage, the relationships between men and women, the connections across generations, and the place of children in families. Featuring contributions from an international group of scholars, this new book emphasizes the ideational and motivational underpinnings of family life and the ways that attitudinal and value changes have influenced family behavior and relationships.


International Family Change examines family attitudes, beliefs, and relationships in virtually every region of the globe, with an emphasis on the theoretical models for examining family changes. In particular, it argues that family life in the Western world is not the sole product of social and economic trends and that family change outside the West is not destined to follow the same trajectory. Chapters focusing on Iran and Vietnam help demonstrate that, rather than following a Western model, some global family change has resulted from rejecting it. The chapters on Nepal and Africa illustrate how the introduction of new ideas through the media and religion can reshape family beliefs. The chapters on Japan and Argentina demonstrate how unique cultural circumstances can influence family change.


Intended for researchers and advanced students in human development, family studies, social psychology, sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, and history, this book also serves as a resource for advanced courses on the family and its history, family development, and social change taught in those departments.

Learning From Data: An Introduction To Statistical Reasoning

Learning from Data focuses on how to interpret psychological data and statistical results. The authors review the basics of statistical reasoning to helpstudents better understand relevant data that affecttheir everyday lives.


Numerous examples based on current research and events are featured throughout.To facilitate learning, authors Glenberg and Andrzejewski:



  • Devote extra attention to explaining the more difficult concepts and the logic behind them

  • Use repetition to enhance students’ memories with multiple examples, reintroductions of the major concepts, and a focus on these concepts in the problems

  • Employ a six-step procedure for describing all statistical tests from the simplest to the most complex

  • Provide end-of-chapter tables to summarize the hypothesis testing procedures introduced

  • Emphasizes how to choose the best procedure in the examples, problems and endpapers

  • Focus on power with a separate chapter and power analyses procedures in each chapter

  • Provide detailed explanations of factorial designs, interactions, and ANOVA to help students understand the statistics used in professional journal articles.

The third edition has a user-friendly approach:



  • Designed to be used seamlessly with Excel, all of the in-text analyses are conducted in Excel, while the book’s CD contains files for conducting analyses in Excel, as well as text files that can be analyzed in SPSS, SAS, and Systat

  • Two large, real data sets integrated throughout illustrate important concepts

  • Many new end-of-chapter problems (definitions, computational, and reasoning) and many more on the companion CD

  • Online Instructor’s Resources includes answers to all the exercises in the book and multiple-choice test questions with answers

  • Boxed media reports illustrate key concepts and their relevance to realworld issues

  • The inclusion of effect size in all discussions of power accurately reflects the contemporary issues of power, effect size, and significance.

Learning From Data, Third Edition is intended as a text for undergraduate or beginning graduate statistics courses in psychology, education, and other applied social and health sciences.

Promoting Positive Parenting: An Attachment-Based Intervention

This book illuminates the successful implementations of one of the few evidence-based parenting intervention programs. More than 20 years ago the editors began experimenting with videotaping parental behavior in order to enhance parents’ sensitivity to their children’s signals. This new book presents the outcome of this effort.


Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting (VIPP) is a brief and focused parenting intervention program that has been successful in a variety of clinical and non-clinical groups and cultures. The book opens with an introdcution to the VIPP program and the theoretical background of this parenting intervention, followed by a narrative and meta-analytical review of the attachment-based interventions. The book continues with detailed descriptions and case reports of several intervention studies of the program. It describes the implementation and testing of a variety of VIPP based interventions highlighting different families in a variety of childcare settings, and in various countries including the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Chapters present how the VIPP approach was implemented in samples of insecure mothers, mothers with eating disorders, preterm infants, adopted children, and children with early behavior problems.