Definition of Secondary Analysis
(noun) Analysis conducted on data not collected by the researcher.
Example of Secondary Analysis
- Émile Durkheim (1858–1917) examined statistics from over 25,000 suicides and categorized them into four categories: altruistic suicide, anomic suicide, egotistic suicide and fatalistic suicide. Durkheim published his findings in Suicide (1897).
Secondary Analysis Pronunciation
Syllabification: sec·ond·ar·y a·nal·y·sis
- American English – /sEk-uhn-dair-ee uh-nAl-uh-sis/
- British English – /sE-kuhn-duh-ree uh-nAl-i-sis/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈsɛkənˌdɛri əˈnæləsəs/
- British English – /ˈsɛkəndəri əˈnæləsɪs/
- Plural: secondary analyses
- Secondary analysis is often conducted on raw data collected by others, such as government agencies or non-profits.
- Also called secondary data analysis.
- “Existing data sources for [secondary analysis] include public records, official reports of organizations or government agencies, and raw data collected by other researchers. For example, Durkheim used vital statistics (death) that were originally collected for other purposes to examine the relationship among variables such as age, marital status, and the circumstances surrounding a person’s suicide” (Kendall 2006:32–33).
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- Word origin of “secondary” and “analysis” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Cite the Definition of Secondary Analysis
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “secondary analysis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
secondary analysis. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “secondary analysis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“secondary analysis.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-analysis/>.