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Chris Spatz

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 6: Statistical Techniques and Analysis

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Statistical Techniques and Analysis
Statistical techniques and analysis

Statistics? What does statistics have to do with psychology? Perhaps you have heard this question. It is a fairly common one and usually reflects the belief that psychologists are people who help others with emotional problems, mostly by talking with them. Why would such a person need to know about statistics? Of course, as this two-volume work shows, psychologists have many other interests and do many other things besides helping people with emotional problems. Nevertheless, even if psychologists restricted themselves to this one endeavor, statistics would be a necessary component of their field because the particular techniques that clinical and counseling psychologists use were selected after being tested and compared with other techniques in experiments that were are ...

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