Book review – Julie Pallant (2013). SPSS survival manual (5th edition). Sydney: Allen and Unwin

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Felicity Allen, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


It’s fair to say that not everyone would greet the appearance of a book with the word ‘SPSS’ in the title with a glad cry. There are probably two reasons for my reaction: (1) I taught multivariate statistics for many years and the damage is probably permanent by now, and (2) my experience with using earlier editions of this book has been very positive.

Many psychologists dislike statistics and loathe conducting analyses but every now and then it becomes essential to do so, particularly if you are considering a return to study. Many funding bodies now require that basic statistics be supplied to them and sometimes even evidence of efficacy. In either case, Pallant’s book would be an excellent investment for you.