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July 1968

A Primer of Sociometry (Second Edition).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(1):128. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740070130026

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This is an extremely slim volume (58 pages) which manages to pack a great deal of information, theoretical and practical, as well as a number of extremely provocative questions into those few pages. It is, in fact, something of a paradox. The first eight chapters seem to encourage the amateur or part-time sociometrist to provide additional "studies" of questionable value for local journal publication. It provides, in quite simple terms, suggestions for construction, administration, and analysis of sociometric studies. There are also sections on analysis, validity, reliability, visualization of results, and interpretation of results. If the author had stopped at that point, I believe she might have done a great disservice to the entire field. The simplification of the material as presented would have served as encouragement to the multiplication of many studies, poorly conceived and poorly executed.

In her last two chapters, entitled "What Does Sociometry

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