Beyond Treating Complex Sampling Designs as Simple Random Samples: Data Analysis and Reporting

Authored by: Sonya K. Sterba , Sharon L. Christ , Mitchell J. Prinstein , Matthew K. Nock

Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781848728547
eBook ISBN: 9780203840023
Adobe ISBN: 9781136888731


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This chapter addresses two issues: (a) how the method for selecting the sample ought to be reported in observational research studies, and (b) whether and when the sample selection method needs to be accounted for in data analysis. This chapter reviews available methodological and ethical guidelines concerning each issue and considers the extent to which these recommendations are heeded in observational psychological research. Discussion focuses on potential ethical implications of the gap between available methodological recommendations and current practice. A hypothetical case example and also a real world case example involving a daily diary study are used to demonstrate some alternative strategies for narrowing this gap.

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