The whole point of organizing data using SPSS software is so that we can manipulate the data to answer our descriptive and inferential questions. This next section will walk you through how to run specific tests within SPSS. Note the level of measurement for variables that are used for specific tests.
1. Let's start with a descriptive question:
2. Let's say you wanted to know if there is a difference in marital status between male and female partners and if the difference is statistically significant. Choose variables #59 fsex and #60 fmarst:
3. Let's say you wanted to compare demographic data between patients in the control and experimental groups to see if they are different. Choose variable #2 group and another variable such as variable #49 educyr (years of formal education):
*The control group had more variability because the standard deviation was 4.3 compared to 2.8 for the experimental group.
4. Let's say you wanted to do some testing of relationships. For example, you might want to see if there is a relationship between individual quality of life and uncertainty ratings for patients at the end of the study. Choose variables #22 pqoli5 and #12 MUIS5:
5. Let's say you wanted to compare data between partners with various marital status to see if they are different. Choose variable #60 fmarst and another variable such as #25 fbai1 (anxiety at time 1):