Smith, Matthew Lee; Honor�, Heather H.
September 2008
American Journal of Health Studies;2008, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p130
Academic Journal
This study evaluated four health education journals for prevalence of effect size reporting among articles using statistical analysis techniques yielding variance-accounted for effect sizes (i.e., analyses of variance and regression). One hundred thirty-six articles, meeting exclusionary criteria, were analyzed for effect size reporting using a content analysis rubric. Of the articles examined, 133 articles (97.79%) reported statistical significance test results (i.e., p values); however, only 43 reported variance-accountedfor effect sizes (31.62%) and 11 (8.09%) interpreted these effect sizes in terms of practical significance. Based on study results, effect sizes and corresponding practical significance should be uniformly reported in health education literature.


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