TITLE

The Quiet Return of Categories

AUTHOR(S)
Kagan, Jerome
PUB. DATE
June 1998
SOURCE
Social Research;Summer98, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p449
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents empirical examples that have implications for a great deal of research in social sciences. Every object or event in nature can be assigned a value on one or more continuous dimensions or membership in one or more qualitative categories. The preference for a quantitative or a qualitative assignment depends on the theoretical interests of the investigator. Responses to questionnaires for anxiety, depression, or extraversion; intelligence quotient scores; and number of criminal offenses are examples of variables that are treated as continua. Many social scientists assume that the underlying process that lies behind each of the distributions reflects only differences in magnitude of the same underlying hypothetical factor.
ACCESSION #
823553

 

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