# Textbook Datasets

The following datasets have been simulated around fictitious scenarios and contain enough variables to allow the dataset to be used across the entire textbook. If you are looking for the datasets that accompany the SPSS video tutorials you will find them here.

Note to Instructors: A user guide with suggested student questions and answers is available for each dataset by through the Wiley website HERE.

Data:  IOLSS.sav (spss format) or IOLSS.xlsx (excel format) or IOLSS.txt (text format)

Introduction: This data has been simulated to represent a fictitious study on individual outlook on life, satisfaction, and stress.  The description below describes the data and the data collection scenario.

Fictitious Scenario: This study looks out an individual’s personal outlook on the future, their satisfaction with their life, and their level of personal stress.  We randomly selected 60 males and 60 females (n = 120) to participate in the study.  We collected data regarding their sex, age, outlook on the future, annual income, satisfaction with life, and personal stress.  Our measure of personal stress was taken at two time points.  The first time point measured their level of stress prior to receiving a series of three 1 hour sessions with a personal life coach/therapist. The second time point measured their level of stress after they have received the three 1 hour session with the personal life coach/therapist.

Variables:

Variable NameLabelValuesMeasureQuestion Item
SexRespondent sex1 = Male
2 = Female

Male _____ Female _____
AgeRespondent age1 = 21 to 35
2 = 36 to 50
3 = Greater than 50

_____ 21 to 35
_____ 36 to 50
_____ Greater than 50
OutlookPersonal outlook on the future0 = Negative Outlook
1 = Positive Outlook
NominalIn general, who do you view your future?

_____ Negatively
_____ Positively
SatisfactionPersonal satisfaction with lifeNoneRatio10 measurement items, measuring personal satisfaction with life at the present time, were presented to each respondent. Respondent scores on the ten items were summed in order to obtain their overall satisfaction score. The values range from 0 which indicates a very low level of satisfaction to 100 which indicates a very high level of personal satisfaction with life at the present time.
PreStressPersonal stress pre-treatmentNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (not stressed) to 10 (highly stressed) please indicate your personal level of stress at the present time.
PostStressPersonal stress post-treatmentNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (not stressed) to 10 (highly stressed) please indicate your personal level of stress at the present time.

Data:  IBFHS.sav (spss format) or IBFHS.xlsx (excel format) or IBFHS.txt (text format)

Introduction: This data has been simulated to represent a fictitious study on illicit behaviour in five high schools. The description below describes the data and the data collection scenario.

Fictitious Scenario: This study investigates the occurrence of specific illicit behaviour at five high schools. We randomly selected 73 males and 77 females (n = 150) across five different high schools to participate in the study. Three weeks into the semester we asked students to report their sex, school location, grade level, and current grade point average. At the end of the semester we collected data on their final grade point average, access to marijuana, dollar value of property theft, school property damage, fighting, threatening behaviour, and alcohol consumption.

Variables:

Variable
Name
LabelValuesMeasureQuestion Item
SexRespondent sex0 = Female
1 = Male

Male _____ Female _____
SchoolSchool location number1 = Northern High School
2 = Southern High School
3 = Eastern High School
4 = Western High School
5 = Central High School
NominalPlease indicate which school you attend.

_____ Northern High School
_____ Southern High School
_____ Eastern High School
_____ Western High School
_____ Central High School

MarijuanaMarijuana availability1 = Not be able to obtain
2 = Take one week
3 = Take two to three days
4 = Take one day
5 = Take one hour
IntervalIf you wanted to buy marijuana at your school how easy would it be to obtain?

_____ Would not be able to obtain
_____ Would take one week
_____ Would take two to three days
_____ Would take one day
_____ Would take one hour
StolenAnything stolen0 = No
1 = Yes
NominalHave you or anyone you know ever had anything stolen at high school?

No _____ Yes _____
DollarDollar value stolen\$0 if answer to the previous question was No.RatioWhat was the dollar value of the stolen property? : \$__________
PropertyDestroy propertyNoneRatioOver the past semester how often have you witnessed school property being damaged by fellow students? : __________
FightBeen in fight0 = No
1 = Yes
NominalHave you ever been in a physical fight at this high school?

No _____ Yes _____
ThreatenedBeen threatened0 = No
1 = Yes
NominalHave you ever been physically threatened while at this high school?

No _____ Yes _____
AlcoholAlcohol consumptionNoneRatioThinking back over the last semester, how many alcoholic drinks did have you at one occasion? _________
GPA_PreGPA at Time 1NoneRatioWhat is your current GPA? : _________.
GPA_PostGPA at Time 2NoneRatioWhat is your current GPA? : _________.
GPA_DiffGPA differenceNoneRatioNone. This is a calculated item based on GPA_Post minus GPA_Pre.

Data:  SCPA.sav (spss format) or SCPA.xlsx (excel format) or SCPA.txt (text format)

Introduction: This data has been simulated to represent a fictitious study on Canadian political attitudes. The description below describes the data and the data collection scenario.

Fictitious Scenario: This study investigates Canadian attitudes of various political issues. We randomly selected 60 males and 60 females (n = 120) between the ages of 18 and 30. We asked each respondent to indicate which one of the three major political parties (Conservatives, Liberals, NDP) they felt most reflected their own political views. Prior to a Federal election, we asked each respondent to think about the party that most reflected their views (from the previous question) and then rate how closely aligned that party’s environmental policies are with their own environmental views. To determine if their ratings may change, we asked the respondents the same question two weeks following the Federal election. At that time, we also asked the respondents to complete a survey including seven other questions.

Variables:

Variable
Name
LabelValuesMeasureQuestion Item
SexRespondent sex0 = Male
1 = Female

Male _____ Female _____
PartyFederal party1 = Conservatives
2 = Liberals
3 = NDP
NominalPlease indicate which one of the three major political parties you feel most reflects their own political views.

_____ Conservatives
_____ Liberals
_____ NDP

VoteVote in last election0 = No
1 = Yes
NominalDid you vote in the last Federal election?

_____ No
_____ Yes
TrustLevel of trust in the political processNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (lowest level of trust) to 10 (highest level of trust) please indicate the degree to which you trust the political process.
HealthCareAttitude toward private health careNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 10 (strongly agree) please indicate the degree to which you agree with the following statement.

“I believe that Canada should allow private health care.”
CorpTaxAttitude toward corporate taxesNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 10 (strongly agree) please indicate the degree to which you agree with the following statement.

“I believe that corporate tax rates should be increased.”
SentencingAttitude toward tougher sentencingNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 10 (strongly agree) please indicate the degree to which you agree with the following statement.

“I believe that we should provide longer prison terms for violent crimes.”
MilitaryAttitude toward military interventionNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 10 (strongly agree) please indicate the degree to which you agree with the following statement.

“I believe that Canada should be involved in military interventions in other countries.”
TuitionAttitude toward tuition feesNoneIntervalUsing a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 10 (strongly agree) please indicate the degree to which you agree with the following statement.

“I believe that the government should lower tuition fees.”
Envir_PreAlignment of environmental policies pre-electionNoneIntervalThinking about the party that most reflects your own views and using the scale of 1 (not aligned) to 10 (highly aligned), rate how closely aligned that party’s environmental policies are with their own environmental views.
Envir_PostAlignment of environmental policies post-electionNoneIntervalThinking about the party that most reflects your own views and using the scale of 1 (not aligned) to 10 (highly aligned), rate how closely aligned that party’s environmental policies are with their own environmental views.

Data:  CHES.sav (spss format) or CHES.xlsx (excel format) or CHES.txt (text format)

Introduction: This data has been simulated to represent a fictitious study on Canadian household expenditures. The description below describes the data and the data collection scenario.

Fictitious Scenario: This study investigates Canadian household expenditures. We randomly selected 120 participants between the age of 25 and 50. We asked each respondent to answer thirteen questions regarding themselves and their household spending. The last two questions pertain to the amount of money they spent on gifts last year and this year.

Variables:

Variable
Name
LabelValuesMeasureQuestion Item
SexRespondent sex0 = Male
1 = Female

Male _____ Female _____
VehicleOwn a vehicle1 = No
2 = Yes
NominalDo you own a motor vehicle?

No _____ Yes _____
HomeRent or own0 = Rent
1 = Own
NominalDo you rent or own your home?

Rent _____ Own _____
ChildrenChildren living with you1 = None
2 = One child
3 = Two children
4 = More than two children
OrdinalHow many children do you have that are currently living with you?

_____ None
_____ One child
_____ Two children
_____ More than two children
HousingMortgage / rent expenseNoneRatioHow much do you spend per year for your mortgage or rent? _____
UtilitiesUtilities expenseNoneRatioHow much do you spend per year for your utilities (hydro, water, gas)? _____
TransportTransportation expenseNoneRatioHow much do you spend per year on transportation costs? _____
ClothingClothing expenseNoneRatioHow much do you spend per year on clothing? _____
PersCarePersonal care expenseNoneRatioHow much do you spend per year on personal care products? _____
EducationEducation expenseNoneRatioHow much do you spend per year on education? _____
Gifts1Gift expenses last yearNoneRatioHow much did you spend on gifts for friends and family last year? _____
Gifts2Gift expenses this yearNoneRatioHow much did you spend on gifts for friends and family this year? _____