Statistical Methods in Psychiatry Research and SPSS
Author(s): M. Venkataswamy Reddy
This volume, Statistical Methods in Psychiatry Research and SPSS, now going into its second edition, has been helping psychiatrists expand their knowledge of statistical methods and fills the gaps in their applications as well as introduces data analysis software. It addresses the statistical needs of physicians and presents a simplified approach. The book emphasizes the classification of fundamental statistical methods in psychiatry research that are precise and simple. Professionals in the field of mental health and allied subjects without any mathematical background will easily understand all the relevant statistical methods and carry out the analysis and interpret the results in their respective field without consulting any statistician. This new volume has over 100 pages of new material, including several new appendixes.
The sequence of the chapters, the sections within the chapters, the subsections within the sections, and the points within the subsections have all been arranged to help professionals in classification refine their knowledge in statistical methods and fills the gaps.
REVIEW OF THE FIRST EDITION:
“Practicing physicians and psychiatrists, even those with academic pretensions, are often overwhelmed by study designs and statistical analysis. . . . The author [of this book] has recognized statistical needs of physicians and has attempted to present a simplified approach to statistics. The book provides an overview of psychiatric research, classifies statistical methods, describes types of data and variables, introduces quantitative and qualitative variables, elaborates study designs, discusses descriptive statistics, illuminates the basis of statistical inference, explains statistical tests of significance, and introduces correlational, multivariate, and meta-analysis. Each chapter focuses on a single aspect, introduces the issues, describes statistical theory, and provides examples. It also provides details of how to use the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (IBM SPSS Statistics) computer program for such analysis. The book is an attempt to fill the long felt need for a simple statistical text, useful for physicians and psychiatrists. . . . It will certainly help those who have a basic familiarity with statistical methods and analysis . . . . The book steps in the right direction for those who want to independently analyze and interpret data.”
In Indian Journal of Psychiatry, by K. S. Jacob, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India