Conducting Meta-Analysis Using SAS

By Winfred Arthur, Jr., Winston Bennett, Allen I. Huffcutt

© 2001 – Psychology Press

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About the Book

Conducting Meta-Analysis Using SAS reviews the meta-analysis statistical procedure and shows the reader how to conduct one using SAS. It presents and illustrates the use of the PROC MEANS procedure in SAS to perform the data computations called for by the two most commonly used meta-analytic procedures, the Hunter & Schmidt and Glassian approaches.

This book serves as both an operational guide and user's manual by describing and explaining the meta-analysis procedures and then presenting the appropriate SAS program code for computing the pertinent statistics. The practical, step-by-step instructions quickly prepare the reader to conduct a meta-analysis. Sample programs available on the Web further aid the reader in understanding the material.

Intended for researchers, students, instructors, and practitioners interested in conducting a meta-analysis, the presentation of both formulas and their associated SAS program code keeps the reader and user in touch with technical aspects of the meta-analysis process. The book is also appropriate for advanced courses in meta-analysis psychology, education, management, and other applied social and health sciences departments.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. The Theory of Meta-Analysis--Sampling Error and the Law of Small Numbers. Meta-Analysis of Effect Sizes. Meta-Analysis of Correlations. Outliers in Meta-Analytic Data. Summary and Guidelines for Implementing a Meta-Analysis. Appendices: Reference and Information Sources for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Equation for Computing the Pooled Within-Group Standard Deviation. Conversion and Transformation Equations. Upper Percentage Points for the Chi-Square Distribution.

About the Series

Multivariate Applications Series

This series of books offers highly accessible and widely applicable methodological topics that have broad appeal and are written in easy-to understand language. Sponsored by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, it welcomes methodological applications from a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, public health, sociology, education, and business. Authored or edited volumes should feature one of several approaches:

  1. the application of a variety of multivariate methods to a single, major area of research;
  2. a methodological procedure or framework that could be applied to a variety of research areas; or
  3. a variety of perspectives on a controversial topic of interest to applied researchers.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology