This is a useful test to perform when you want to see the relationship between two or more normally distributed interval variables.


  1. With SPSS open, select file- open -data. Navigate to the file you want to open and click open




  1. Select analyze- covariate- bivariate



  1. . Move the two variables of interest to the right side e.g.  (age & income), click OK

– Keep the default settings- Pearson is for interval or ratio data

Spearman is for dichotomous

  1. Your result will appear in the output window

– The significance of a correlation coefficient is not a determination of the strength of the relationship. Significance means, as always, that the observed value most likely did not occur by chance

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