This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.
Chapter 7: Investigating the Correlates of Binge Drinking and Attitudes toward Gun Control and Capital Punishment: Independent versus Dependent Variables
Investigating the Correlates of Binge Drinking and Attitudes toward Gun Control and Capital Punishment: Independent versus Dependent Variables
So far, we have limited our analyses to single variables. Although we have examined a number of variables, we have looked at them one at a time. This process is appropriate to description, but we are going to shift our attention now to the beginnings of explanation.
Moving beyond Description: Comparing Two Variables
Although it is important in criminal justice to be able to describe variables clearly, it is often more important to investigate what accounts for them. That usually means testing causal hypotheses, statements that one variable is the cause of ...