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Analysis of B.F. Dykeman paper, 2003.

Dykeman Article

What can you tell me about Dykeman Article by answering the questions below?

Dykeman, B. F. (2003). The effects of family conflict resolution on children's classroom behavior. Journal of Instructional Psychology.

Why do you think the author chose a repeated measures design rather than an independent groups design?

Was the treatment effective? Explain which findings were significant and which were not.

What are some of the threats to internal validity that exist in this study?

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Question 1:
The primary reason is that it is unethical to have a control group were troubled students do not receive appropriate treatment. Another reason is that it controls for between subject variability, can directly relate specific outcomes to specific individuals, i.e. the within subjects design allows the author to directly observe improvements, or lack thereof in each individual. Another reason was likely the small number of subjects used in the study meant there simply wasn't enough subject for a between subjects design to work.

Question 2:
The effectiveness of the treatment was assessed in a six month follow up and compared to results in a pre-treament ...

Solution Summary

Analysis of B.F. Dykeman paper: Dykeman, B. F. (2003). The effects of family conflict resolution on children's classroom behavior. Journal of Instructional Psychology.

Discussion on the following questions:

Why do you think the author chose a repeated measures design rather than an independent groups design?

Was the treatment effective? Explain which findings were significant and which were not.

What are some of the threats to internal validity that exist in this study?

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