The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.

Statistics for Social Workers

Statistics for Social Workers

J. Timothy Stocks

Statistics refers to a branch of mathematics dealing with the direct description of sample or population characteristics and the analysis of population characteristics by inference from samples. It covers a wide range of content, including the collection, organization, and interpretation of data. It is divided into two broad categories: descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.

Descriptive statistics involves the computation of statistics or parameters to describe a sample1 or a population.2 All the data are available and used in computation of these aggregate characteristics. This may involve reports of central tendency or variability of single variables (univariate statistics). It also may involve enumeration of the relationships between or among two or more variables3 (bivariate or multivariate ...

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