Analysis of Multivariate Social Science Data, Second Edition

David J. Bartholomew, Fiona Steele, Jane Galbraith, Irini Moustaki

June 4, 2008 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 384 Pages - 87 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781584889601 - CAT# C9608
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences


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  • Contains three new chapters on regression analysis, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation models, and multilevel models
  • Presents numerous examples of real-world applications, including voting preferences, social attitudes, educational test scores, and recidivism
  • Covers methods that summarize, describe, and explore multivariate data sets
  • Establishes a unified approach to latent variable modeling by providing detailed coverage of the methods, such as item response theory and factor analysis
  • Offers full versions of all the data sets in the text, software for performing latent variable analyses, and instructions for implementing the analyses on the book’s and on CRC’s


Drawing on the authors’ varied experiences working and teaching in the field, Analysis of Multivariate Social Science Data, Second Editionenables a basic understanding of how to use key multivariate methods in the social sciences. With updates in every chapter, this edition expands its topics to include regression analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation models, and multilevel models.

After emphasizing the summarization of data in the first several chapters, the authors focus on regression analysis. This chapter provides a link between the two halves of the book, signaling the move from descriptive to inferential methods and from interdependence to dependence. The remainder of the text deals with model-based methods that primarily make inferences about processes that generate data.

Relying heavily on numerical examples, the authors provide insight into the purpose and working of the methods as well as the interpretation of data. Many of the same examples are used throughout to illustrate connections between the methods. In most chapters, the authors present suggestions for further work that go beyond conventional exercises, encouraging readers to explore new ground in social science research.

Requiring minimal mathematical and statistical knowledge, this book shows how various multivariate methods reveal different aspects of data and thus help answer substantive research questions.

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