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.

Scales Assessing Group Structure and Dynamics

This section contains a discussion of five scales, each of which measures a different variable relating to group structure and dynamics.

  • Hemphill's Index of Group Dimensions, which ascertains13 dimensions of a group, is the most ambitious attempt to measure the structural properties of groups.
  • Bales's Interaction Process Analysis is a nominal scale widely used to assess the characteristics of personal interaction in problem-solving groups.
  • Seashore's Group Cohesiveness Index provides a measure of the strength of a group used to maintain its identity and to persist.
  • The Sociometry Scales of Spontaneous Choice and Sociometric Preference reveal the ...
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