Secondary Data Analysis

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2010-09-15
Publisher(s): Amer Psychological Assn
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The use of secondary data, or existing data that is freely available to researchers who were not involved in the original study, has a long and rich tradition in the social sciences. In recent years, the internet has made secondary datasets readily available at the click of a mouse. And yet, whether due to a lack of methodological training or as part of a broader indifference to alternative data collection strategies, psychologists have been surprisingly slow to utilize these useful resources. Secondary Data Analysis: An Introduction for Psychologists provides students and seasoned researchers alike with an accessible introduction to secondary analysis. The book is divided into two sections: Part I provides psychologists with a set of accessible methodological primers, including chapters on using short forms of scales; analyzing survey data with complex sampling designs; and dealing with missing data. (Readers are assumed to possess a working knowledge of multivariate analysis.) Chapters in Part II provide compelling examples of secondary data analysis in various kinds of psychological research, including development and aging, behavioral genetics, cross-cultural psychology, and the psychology of political affiliation. This wide-ranging yet practical book shows how the analysis of secondary data can provide unique and compelling opportunities for advancing psychological science.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Methodologies for Secondary Data Usep. 11
Getting Started: Working With Secondary Datap. 13
Managing and Using Secondary Data Sets With Multidisciplinary Research Teamsp. 27
On Creating and Using Short Forms of Scales in Secondary Researchp. 39
Analyzing Survey Data With Complex Sampling Designsp. 63
Missing Data in Secondary Data Analysisp. 83
Innovative Methods Within the Context of Secondary Data: Examples From Household Panel Surveysp. 103
Using Secondary Data in Psychological Researchp. 119
The Use of Secondary Data in Adult Development and Aging Researchp. 121
Using Secondary Data to Test Questions About the Genetic Basis of Behaviorp. 133
Secondary Data Analysis in Psychopathology Researchp. 149
Using Secondary Data to Study Adolescence and Adolescent Developmentp. 163
Using Secondary Data to Advance Cross-Cultural Psychologyp. 177
Using the American National Election Study Surveys to Test Social Psychological Hypothesesp. 193
Family-Level Variance in Verbal Ability Change in the Intergenerational Studiesp. 209
Indexp. 231
About the Editorsp. 245
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