Editorial

Editorial Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11194-005-8048-2 Howard Barbaree (Editor-in-Chief) This issue features a special article on research methodology and editorial practice. In the article, Hanson and Broom argue for changes in the informa- tion reported in the typical research study. Rather than viewing each study in isolation, they encourage researchers to consider each study as one element in cumulative knowledge. Such a perspective has important implications for how data are reported in a specific study and how the results of previous studies are described. Specifically, Hanson and Broom argue that comparing studies based on informal narratives (e.g., Study X found a significant effect but Study Y did not) should be replaced by quantitative summaries. These quantitative summaries are what they refer to as “cumulative meta-analysis.” According to these au- thors, prior to conducting a new study, the results of previous studies should be summarized by meta-analysis. Then, after the results of the new study have been reported, the new findings would be used to calculate a new cumulative average. These authors go on to argue that, even when researchers are only reporting the results of a single http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals
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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
ISSN
1079-0632
eISSN
1573-286X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11194-005-8048-2
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Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11194-005-8048-2 Howard Barbaree (Editor-in-Chief) This issue features a special article on research methodology and editorial practice. In the article, Hanson and Broom argue for changes in the informa- tion reported in the typical research study. Rather than viewing each study in isolation, they encourage researchers to consider each study as one element in cumulative knowledge. Such a perspective has important implications for how data are reported in a specific study and how the results of previous studies are described. Specifically, Hanson and Broom argue that comparing studies based on informal narratives (e.g., Study X found a significant effect but Study Y did not) should be replaced by quantitative summaries. These quantitative summaries are what they refer to as “cumulative meta-analysis.” According to these au- thors, prior to conducting a new study, the results of previous studies should be summarized by meta-analysis. Then, after the results of the new study have been reported, the new findings would be used to calculate a new cumulative average. These authors go on to argue that, even when researchers are only reporting the results of a single

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