“Beyond Parenting: An Examination of the Etiology of
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Summer 2016: Assignment 1 – Interpreting Statistics
The purpose of this assignment is to practice interpreting statistical tables from a peer-reviewed journal article. You will first provide a brief description of the study. Second, you will interpret bivariate correlations. Third, you will interpret multivariate coefficients.
Meldrum, Ryan C. 2008. “Beyond Parenting: An Examination of the Etiology of Self- Control.” Journal of Criminal Justice 36:244-251.
1. Provide a brief description (3-5 sentences) of the study. 2.5 points
2. Identify the study’s control variables. 2.5 points
3. Interpret the bivariate correlations from Appendix A for these relationships. You should interpret each correlation’s direction, strength, and statistical significance. 2 points each
(a) Self-control wave 2 and Parental monitoring
(b) Self-control wave 2 and School monitoring
(c) Self-control wave 2 and Peer pressure
(d) Self-control wave 2 and Neighborhood problems
4. Interpret the multivariate coefficients from Table 2, Model 3 for these variables. You should interpret each coefficient’s direction, effect, and statistical significance. 3 points each
(a) Parental monitoring
(b) School monitoring
(c) Peer pressure
(d) Neighborhood problems
Your grade for this assignment will be based on the responses to each question and your demonstration of professional writing skills, including writing clearly and using complete sentences. This assignment is worth 25 points of your final grade.