In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

Causation and Multivariate Analysis: From Univariate and Bivariate Problems to Multivariate Analysis of Social Behavior

Causation and Multivariate Analysis: From Univariate and Bivariate Problems to Multivariate Analysis of Social Behavior

It was once generally thought that for every effect there existed only one cause, and if several causes were discovered, it was assumed there must really be more than one effect. The history of social theory is largely a series of statements asserting that one factor is the sole cause of social change. These notions have been called “determinisms;” they include geographic, physical, racial, psychological, religious, political, economic, technological, and familial factors, among many more.

It is characteristic of all these ...

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