A Clinician's Guide for Critical Review of Meta-Analytic Results in the Study of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disabilities

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Studies involving children with disabilities are usually conducted using small samples, often leading to contradictory conclusions or poor generalizability. Logistics, economics, and ethics make it difficult to obtain a large sample size for study. The resulting professional controversies that arise are counterproductive, confuse families, and internally divide the helping professions. Meta-analysis, a relatively new statistical technique, allows clinicians and researchers the ability to summate the objective results of all appropriate studies regarding a given subject, technique, or theory, thereby achieving clarity from confusion. This article discusses how to review a published meta-analyis.

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