Quantitative Data Analysis Project

Topics: Homosexuality, LGBT, Culture Pages: 7 (2168 words) Published: October 26, 2011
Quantitative Data Analysis Project

1.
a) My research question is “Does the type of community you grow up in, and if your parents make a special effort to expose you to other cultures, have an effect on how many friends you have who are gay/lesbian?” b) My dependent variable (DV) is “how many friends do you have who are gay/lesbian”, and my two independent variables (IV) are “type of community the respondent grew up in”, and “did your parents make a special effort to expose you to other cultures when you were growing up?” c) I believe that these variables will accurately address my research question because if children are exposed to different cultures, (which usually all have different views and ways of life), and also grow up in a place where there are a lot of different people and cultures being expressed, then it is likely that they will be more accepting and/or aware of something such as gay and lesbian people which is not considered a social norm and vice versa with children who are not exposed to different cultures, and live in smaller towns.

Statistics|
| Type of community respondent grew up in| Did your parents make a special effort to expose you to other cultures when you were growing up?| About how many friends do you have who are gay or lesbian?| N| Valid| 414| 405| 412|

| Missing| 0| 9| 2|

2. For the IV “type of community respondent grew up in”, 38.6% being the highest valid percent, said to have grown up in a small town, and growing up in a suburb of a city was the second highest valid percent at 35.7%. Third was growing up in a rural area at 13.3 valid percent, and lastly was growing up in a city at 12.3 percent validity for this sample. The next IV was “did your parents make a special effort to expose you to other cultures when you were growing up?” 51.4 valid percent responded “no”, their parents did not make a special effort to expose them to other cultures while growing up, making “yes” coming in close with 48.6 percent validity. The DP “about how many friends do you have who are gay or lesbian?”, answer “1 or 2” had the highest valid percent with 41.7%. “3 to 5 friends who are gay or lesbian” had 24.5 percent validity, “none” had 19.7&, and lastly “6 or more” had 14.1%.

Frequency for: Independent Variable (IV) #1
Type of community respondent grew up in|
| Frequency| Percent| Valid Percent| Cumulative Percent| Valid| CITY| 51| 12.3| 12.3| 12.3|
| SUBURB OF A CITY| 148| 35.7| 35.7| 48.1|
| SMALL TOWN| 160| 38.6| 38.6| 86.7|
| RURAL AREA| 55| 13.3| 13.3| 100.0|
| Total| 414| 100.0| 100.0| |

Frequency for: Independent Variable (IV) #2
Did your parents make a special effort to expose you to other cultures when you were growing up?| | Frequency| Percent| Valid Percent| Cumulative Percent| Valid| YES| 197| 47.6| 48.6| 48.6|

| NO| 208| 50.2| 51.4| 100.0|
| Total| 405| 97.8| 100.0| |
Missing| don t know| 9| 2.2| | |
Total| 414| 100.0| | |

Frequency for: Dependent Variable (DV) About how many friends do you have who are gay or lesbian?| | Frequency| Percent| Valid Percent| Cumulative Percent| Valid| NONE| 81| 19.6| 19.7| 19.7|

| 1 OR 2| 172| 41.5| 41.7| 61.4|
| 3 TO 5| 101| 24.4| 24.5| 85.9|
| 6 OR MORE| 58| 14.0| 14.1| 100.0|
| Total| 412| 99.5| 100.0| |
Missing| don t know| 2| .5| | |
Total| 414| 100.0| | |

3. The best measure of central tendency to use is mode. Mode can be described in this case, as the most occurring answer in the question that is given to the respondent. The mode for the first IV, “type of community” was a 3 which means, “small town”. (1=city, 2=suburb of a city, 3=small town, 4=rural area, 5=don’t know, and 6=refusal) The mode for the second IV “did your parents make an effort to expose you to cultures” was a 2 which stands for “no”. (1=yes, 2=no, 3=don’t know, 4=refusal) Finally the...