Analyzing Proportion Scores as Outcomes for Prevention Trials: a Statistical Primer

Analyzing Proportion Scores as Outcomes for Prevention Trials: a Statistical Primer In prevention trials, outcomes of interest frequently include data that are best quantified as proportion scores. In some cases, however, proportion scores may violate the statistical assumptions underlying common analytic methods. In this paper, we provide guidelines for analyzing frequency and proportion data as primary outcomes. We describe standard methods including generalized linear regression models to compare mean proportion scores and examine tools for testing normality and other assumptions for each model. Recommendations are made for instances when the assumptions are not met, including transformations for proportion scores that are non-normal. We also discuss more sophisticated analytical tools to model change in proportion scores over time. The guidelines provide ready-to-use analytical strategies for frequency and proportion data that are commonly encountered in prevention science. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prevention Science Springer Journals

Analyzing Proportion Scores as Outcomes for Prevention Trials: a Statistical Primer

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Society for Prevention Research
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Health Psychology; Child and School Psychology
ISSN
1389-4986
eISSN
1573-6695
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11121-016-0643-6
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Abstract

In prevention trials, outcomes of interest frequently include data that are best quantified as proportion scores. In some cases, however, proportion scores may violate the statistical assumptions underlying common analytic methods. In this paper, we provide guidelines for analyzing frequency and proportion data as primary outcomes. We describe standard methods including generalized linear regression models to compare mean proportion scores and examine tools for testing normality and other assumptions for each model. Recommendations are made for instances when the assumptions are not met, including transformations for proportion scores that are non-normal. We also discuss more sophisticated analytical tools to model change in proportion scores over time. The guidelines provide ready-to-use analytical strategies for frequency and proportion data that are commonly encountered in prevention science.

Journal

Prevention ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 10, 2016

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