To understand regression from parent to offspring, think statistically

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Suggests that incorrect inferences are frequently drawn by psychologists about regression from one generation to another. These appear to be caused by confusion between observations and theory. Regression is basically statistical, and biological regression represents only one possible interpretation of the data. It is suggested that if regression is always conceptualized in the 1st instance as a statistical phenomenon, fewer mistakes will occur. It is recommended that theoretical interpretations should be made only after one is clear about the empirical observations. (4 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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