© 1983

Multivariate Analysis in the Human Services


Part of the International Series in Social Welfare book series (ISSW, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 1-4
  3. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 5-23
  4. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 25-61
  5. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 63-71
  6. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 73-92
  7. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 93-119
  8. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 121-146
  9. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 147-165
  10. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 167-176
  11. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 177-188
  12. John R. Schuerman
    Pages 189-208
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 267-274

About this book


Research and evaluation in the human services usually involves a relatively large number of variables. We are interested in phenomena that have many aspects and many causes. The techniques needed to deal with many variables go beyond those of introductory statistics. Elementary procedures in statistics are limited in usefulness to situations in which we have two or three variables. When we have more than that, application of elementary techniques will often yield mis­ leading results. Why are elementary techniques inadequate when applied to many variables? Why, for example, should we not simply interpret a series of correlations of independent and dependent variables? The answer lies in the fact that these correlations are not independent pieces of information. The correlations of vari­ ables x and z with yare affected by the association of x with z. Hence, talk about the "effect" of x on y will be somewhat ambiguous, since we will be in­ cluding in that effect some of the effects of z. We would like to be able to sort out these effects. This is the problem of "estimation," that is, estimating the relationships or effects between variables, taking into account their relationships with other variables.


Design Transformation evaluation regression analysis statistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Multivariate Analysis in the Human Services
  • Authors J.R. Schuerman
  • Series Title International Series in Social Welfare
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89838-105-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-6663-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-6661-1
  • Series ISSN 0924-4859
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 276
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Science
    Social Sciences, general
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