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A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.
This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).
Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social ...
Chapter 5: A Controversy in Values: Attitudes About Abortion
A Controversy in Values: Attitudes About Abortion
Americans disagree about all sorts of moral, religious, and political issues, but few debates have been as intense and as bitter as the controversy surrounding abortion. In this chapter, we will continue our analysis of American values by exploring responses to a series of questions about the conditions under which legal abortions should be available. We will also search for causal relationships and see if we can identify some of the reasons why abortion attitudes vary from person to person. The Frequency and Crosstabs procedures and percentage distributions, chi-square, and Cramer's V will continue to be our primary analytical tools.
Objectivity and Scientific Research
Feelings about abortion are strong, and a word of caution ...