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Understanding Statistics for the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Criminology

Author(s): Jeffery T. Walker, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sean Maddan, PhD, University of Tampa
  • ISBN-13: 9781449649227
  • Product With Access Code    238 pages      © 2013
Price: $99.95 US List
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Designed for introductory-level statistics courses, Understanding Statistics for the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Criminology presents the fundamentals of statistics in a clear and simplified format. This accessible text addresses all of the basics of statistical analysis while still providing the reader with the larger view of statistics. The authors focus on calculating the basic formulas yet preserve enough advanced material to prepare the student for further study. The book also provides information on deciding when to use particular statistical analyses, how to input and analyze data through programs such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS, the interpretation of statistical output, and making conclusions based on those results. The student-friendly and simplified presentation of Understanding Statistics makes it the ideal introductory statistics text and will provide readers with a strong foundation in statistics – conceptually and pragmatically.

Understanding Statistics for the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Criminology boasts a variety of in-text study aids, such as key terms, equation summaries, exercises, end-of-chapter references, suggested readings, and an equation glossary; as well as a collection of online study tools housed on the dedicated student companion website. The student-friendly presentation of the material coupled with the rich variety of student and instructor resources make Understanding Statistics the ideal introductory statistics text for undergraduate students!

Every new printed copy is packaged with full access to the student companion website featuring a a rich variety of study tools! (eBook version does not include access to the student companion website. Standalone access can be purchased here

Features & Benefits

  • Provides a clear and accessible introduction to statistics for courses in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and related social sciences.
  • Discussions are drawn from 20 years of teaching statistics and the examples have been class-tested and developed to represent a clear understanding of the material.
  • Formulas are demonstrated in Excel and SPSS.
  • Contains key terms, equation summaries, exercises, end-of-chapter references, suggested readings, and an equation glossary, making it the ideal introductory statistics text.
  • Student resources include a companion website featuring:
    • interactive flashcards
    • interactive glossary
    • crossword puzzles
    • multiple choice questions
    • practice quizzes (with answers)
    • student data sets, in Excel and SPSS, that correlate to the chapter material
    • weblinks

Applicable Courses

This text is designed for an introductory-level statistics course in criminology, criminal justice, sociology and related social sciences.

Chapter  1  The Foundations of Statistics: Theory, Methods, and Measurement
Chapter  2  Measures of Central Tendency
Chapter  3  Measures of Dispersion and Form
Chapter  4  Bivariate Tables and Analysis
Chapter  5  Measures of Existence and Statistical Significance
Chapter  6  Measures of the Strength of a Relationship
Chapter  7  Measures of the Direction and Nature of a Relationship
Chapter  8  Introduction to Inferential Statistics
Chapter  9  Hypothesis Testing
Chapter  10  Hypothesis Tests
Chapter  11  Multivariate Statistics, Anova, and OLS Regression
Chapter  12  Putting it all Together

Jeffery T. Walker, PhD-University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jeffery T. Walker, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Justice Studies at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously he was a Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where he worked for 19 years. Dr. Walker has written 6 books, over 50 journal articles and book chapters, 17 technical reports, and delivered over 80 professional papers and presentations. He has obtained over $9 million in grants from the Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and others. His areas of interest are social/environmental factors of crime and the study of non-linear dynamics as they relate to crime. Previous publications include articles in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and the books Leading Cases in Law Enforcement, Seventh Edition, Myths in Crime and Justice, and the J&B textbook Statistics in Criminal Justice and Criminology: Analysis and Interpretation, Third Edition.


Sean Maddan, PhD-University of Tampa

Sean Maddan, PhD, is Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Tampa. His research areas include criminological theory, statistics, research methods, and the efficacy of sex offender registration and notification laws. Articles by Dr. Maddan have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency and the Journal of Criminal Justice. Most recently, Dr. Maddan has authored the book The Labeling of Sex Offenders and has co-authored the J&B textbook, Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Analysis and Interpretation, Third Edition.


The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449649227

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