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.
Social Participation[Page 526]
This section includes information on Chapin's Social Participation Scale, a general scale of participation in voluntary organizations of all kinds—professional, civic, and social. It is used when the total participation pattern is an important variable. The Leisure Participation and Enjoyment Scale enables the researcher to get a detailed picture of leisure patterns and also to get a score for each respondent on both participation and enjoyment.
A measure of neighborhood participation is included. Wallin's Women's Neighborliness Scale is a Guttman-type scale that has exhibited unidimensionality on the samples of respondents that have been tested. ...