Statistics for Social Workers

Statistics for Social Workers, 9th edition

  • Robert W. Weinbach, 
  • Richard M. Grinnell

Choose the option that's right for you


$9.99 / mo

4-month minimum term for $39.96

  • Access this eText title
  • Up to 2 devices


$14.99 / mo

4-month minimum term for $59.96

  • Access over 1,500 titles
  • Up to 2 devices
  • Discounted tutor access

Learn more, spend less

  • Icon

    Study smarter, not harder

    Save time with study tools in your eText

  • Icon

    Learn anytime, anywhere

    Get the app to access your eText whenever you need it

  • Icon

    Make it your own

    Your notes. Your highlights. Your eText

  • Icon

    Find it fast

    Quickly navigate your eText with search

  • Icon

    Stay organized

    Access all your eTexts in one place


Statistics for Social Workers helps you become familiar with statistical tests and analyses that you will likely encounter as a future social work researcher or practitioner. This reader-friendly title emphasizes the concepts behind statistical analyses while keeping mathematics and complicated formulae to a minimum.

Published by Pearson (February 13th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

ISBN-13: 9780205867257

Subject: Social Work & Human Services

Category: Research Methods in Social Work

Table of contents

In this Section:
I) Brief Table of Contents
II) Detailed Table of Contents

I) Brief Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Frequency Distributions and Graphs
3. Measures of Central Tendency and Variability
4. Normal Distributions
5. Testing Hypotheses
6. Sampling Distributions
7. t Tests and Analysis of Variance
8. The Chi-Square Test of Association between Variables
9. Correlation
10. Regression
11. Other Ways That Statistical Analyses Contribute to Evidence-Based Practice

II) Detailed Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Useful Terms You Will Need to Know
Measurement iSSUES
Additional Measurement Classifications
Research Hypotheses
Classification of Variables and Their Relationship
Categories of Statistical Analyses
Statistics and data collection
Research designs and statistics

2. Frequency Distributions and Graphs
Frequency Distributions
Grouped Frequency Distributions
Using Frequency Distributions to Analyze Data
Misrepresentation of Data
A Caution: Computer-generated graphs

3. Measures of Central Tendency and Variability
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
Other Uses for Central Tendency and Variability

4. Normal Distributions
The Normal Curve
The Standard Normal Distribution
Converting Raw Scores to z Scores and Percentiles
Deriving raw Scores From Percentiles

5. Testing Hypotheses
Alternative Explanations for Relationships Within Samples
Probability and Inference
Refuting Sampling Error
Statistical Significance
Testing the Null Hypothesis
Errors in Drawing Conclusions About Relationships
Statistically Significant Relationships and Meaningful Findings
The Hypothesis Testing process

6. Sampling Distributions
Sample Size and Sampling Error
What are Sampling Distribution?
Rejection Regions and hypothesis testing
Estimating Parameters
Selecting Statistical Tests
Deciding Which Test to use

7. t Tests and Analysis of Variance
The use of t Tests
The One-sample t Test
The Dependent t Test
The Independent tTest
Misuse of t tests
Simple Analysis of Variance (Simple Anova)
Multivariate Analysis of Variance

8. The Chi-Square Test of Association between Variables
When Chi-Square is Appropriate
Cross-Tabulation Tables
Using Chi-Square
When Chi-square is not appropriate
Using chi-square in social work practice
Cross-Tabulation With Three or More Variables
Special Applications of The Chi-Square Formula

9. Correlation
Uses of Correlation
Nonperfect Correlations
Interpreting Linear Correlations
Using Correlation for inference
Pearson'S r
Nonparametric Alternatives to Pearson'S r
Correlation With Three or More Variables
Other Multivariate analyses That use Correlation

10. Regression
Prediction and Evidence-Based Practice
Prediction and Statistical Analysis
What is Simple Linear Regression?
Computation of the Regression Equation
More About the Regression Line
Interpreting Results
Using regression in social work practice
When is regression analysis appropriate
Regression With Three or More Variables
Other Types of Regression Analyses

11. Other Ways That Statistical Analyses Contribute to Evidence-Based Practice
Program evaluations
Single-System designs

Your questions answered

Introducing Pearson+. Reimagined learning, designed for you. Choose from one eText or over 1,500 eTexts and study tools, all in one place, for one low monthly subscription. A new way to buy books that fits your budget. Make the most of your study time with offline access, enhanced search, notes and flashcards — to get organized, get the work done quicker and get results. Plus, with the app, put textbooks in your pocket and learn wherever. It's time to upgrade the textbook and simplify learning, so you can have time to live too.

Pearson eText is an easy-to-use digital textbook available from Pearson+. Make it your own by adding notes and highlights. Download the Pearson+ mobile app to learn on the go, even offline. Listen on the go with our new audiobook feature, available for most titles.

When you choose a plan, you're signing up for a 4-month term. We will charge your payment method each month until your 4-month term has ended. After that, we'll automatically renew your subscription and charge you on a month-to-month basis unless you turn off auto-renewal in My account.

When you purchase a Pearson+ subscription, it will last a minimum of 4 months, and then automatically renew each month thereafter unless you turn off auto-renew in My account.

If you want to stop your subscription at the end of your 4-month term, simply turn off auto-renew from My account. To avoid the next payment charge, make sure you turn auto renewal off 1 day before the auto renewal date.

You can subscribe again after auto-renew has been turned off by purchasing another Pearson+ subscription.

We use your credit card to renew your subscription automatically. To make sure your learning is uninterrupted, please check your card details before your first monthly payment.

With a Multi Pearson+ subscription plan, you can download up to 5 titles on the Pearson+ app from My list on each of your authorized devices every month.

When you're using your Multi Pearson+ subscription plan in a browser, you can select and read from as many titles as you like.