Using the General Social Survey: 1. Choose an attitude or behavior you are inter

Using the General Social Survey:
1. Choose an attitude or behavior you are interested in. State a two-variable hypothesis (other than the specific ones we discussed in class) based on a short “literature review.” (i.e. cite to some article or newspaper story that might suggest the relationship). That article should not be another survey or poll but a substantive article analyzing WHY there might be a relationship between different social phenomena or demographic characteristics. Your hypothesis should suggest that the independent variable “causes” or “shapes” differences in the dependent variable.
2. Using the SDA website using GSS data, run a bivariate table that shows the relationship between your independent and dependent variables. Describe the relationships between your independent variable (IV) and dependent variable.
3. Select a third control variable that may affect the relationship between the independent and dependent variables and describe a hypothesis about the relationship of the three variables. You can use the full SDA system or use the simpler approach using Quick Tables in SDA (where you can run relationships between your independent and dependent variables, but are limited to control variables of different time periods, gender, race). Your argument will have to make the case that the “control” variable you choose is related in your hypotheses to both your independent variable and dependent variable.
4. Run additional crosstabulations, this time controlling for the third variable from step 3. Study the results to see whether the argument you have developed in step 3 is substantiated or not.
5. Construct table showing the relationship among the three variables. Describe in words what the table says.
Sample bivariate table. Fill in the bold parts of the table with labels for the Independent Variable you choose.

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