By Noel A. Card PhD
Offering pragmatic assistance for making plans and engaging in a meta-analytic assessment, this publication is written in a fascinating, nontechnical type that makes it perfect for graduate path use or self-study. the writer exhibits tips on how to establish questions that may be replied utilizing meta-analysis, retrieve either released and unpublished experiences, create a coding handbook, use conventional and detailed impression dimension indices, and write a meta-analytic overview. An ongoing instance illustrates meta-analytic recommendations. as well as the basics, the booklet discusses extra complex subject matters, equivalent to artifact correction, random- and mixed-effects types, structural equation representations, and multivariate approaches. undemanding positive aspects contain annotated equations; discussions of different ways; and "Practical issues" sections that provide recommendation on issues hardly mentioned in different books, similar to linking meta-analytic effects with concept and the software of meta-analysis software program programs.
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3 The “Apples and Oranges” Problem The critique known as the “apples and oranges problem” was first used as a critique against Smith and Glass’s (1977) meta-analytic combination of studies using diverse methods of psychotherapy in treating a wide range of problems among diverse samples of people (see Sharpe, 1997). Critics charge that including such a diverse range of studies in a meta-analysis yields meaningless results. , oranges). However, if you wish to make conclusions about a broad population of studies, such as all psychotherapy studies of all psychological disorders, then it is appropriate to combine a diverse range of studies.
Finally, Chapter 13 addresses the final stage of conducting a meta-analysis by offering advice on presenting the results of a meta-analysis. Collectively, these chapters should provide enough information for you to conduct a meta-analytic review from beginning to end—from conceptualization to publication. In each chapter, I offer my advice on what I consider the “practical matters” of performing a meta-analysis. These include topics that are often not discussed in other books on meta-analysis, but that I have learned through my own experience in conducting, publishing, consulting for, and reviewing others’ meta-analytic reviews.
Finally, the problem of “garbage in, garbage out”—that the inclusion of poor quality studies in a review leads to poor quality results from the review—is a threat to both narrative and meta-analytic reviews. However, I have described ways that you can overcome some problems of the primary studies in meta-analysis (low power, presence of methodological artifacts), as well as systematically evaluate the presumed impact of study quality on results, that are not options in a narrative review. , narrative) of reviews, even though they are less commonly considered in other contexts.
Applied Meta-Analysis for Social Science Research by Noel A. Card PhD