Ethical Concerns in Statistical Analyses: Implications for Clinical Research and Practice

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Abstract

Scholars and researchers are increasingly becoming aware of the intersections between ethical research, practice, and statistical analysis. This article is an attempt to help both educators of psychology and practitioners understand the ethical dimension of statistical analysis and the importance of continued efforts toward statistical reform. This author argues for a continued shift from the prevailing statistical paradigm of null hypothesis significance testing toward what has been called the new statistics. Researchers are encouraged to shift focus away from p value interpretation toward point estimates, confidence intervals, effect sizes, and meta-analysis. Additional implications and benefits for research and clinical practice are discussed.

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