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  •  Remember this about statistics (4+ / 0-)

    when someone is looking for study subjects on this sort of thing, people without issues may be less inclined to feel the need to be heard.  Just a thought.  

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 06:15:16 AM PDT

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    •  A well designed study (4+ / 0-)
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      would account for that.

    •  but that should be taken care of in a well-done (6+ / 0-)

      study. Statistical sampling, when done right, should account for such things in the variability. That's the importance of randomization.

      If not, it's not a statistical study; it's a survey, and probably has no statistical weight.

      That's why study design is important. It's one of the fundamentals in any basic course in statistics.

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      by stitchmd on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 06:21:58 AM PDT

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      •  And from what universe do you draw (3+ / 0-)
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        the adopted population?  How do you go about figuring out who is and who is not adopted, so that you can design a study which is representative and doesn't rely on people who self-present with psychological issues (which are then attributed to adoption, given the family ideologies running through psychology)?  Can we know what the baseline number of adoptees is?  And then how to locate them?

        Think it through.  Like you said, basic course...in research design.

        People know what they do; they frequently know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does. -Michel Foucault

        by eamonsean on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 06:27:32 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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          I tried in Illinois to encourage the state to gather that data when they instituted the putative father registry - the one place every adoptive family had to go before getting a judgment of adoption, but I could never get anyone to act on the proposal.  There simply is no good repository of the data.

          If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

          by marykk on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 04:08:53 PM PDT

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