Joy A. Lawrence
HCS 438 version3
October 17, 2011
Terri K. Peters, RN, MSN CCRP
Analysis of Newspaper Research Paper
Research used to develop the science and discipline of health care. Nurses must learn how to read, interpret, and analyze research studies and report. Learning this skill is important before applying research to practice. The chosen article “women on birth control date bedroom “duds” study suggest” used to interpret the statistical significance of the study. Identification of the statistical procedure mentioned and conclusions reached in the study. Determine whether the findings are statistically significant and a description of the process used to make the determination.
What statistical procedures are mentioned in the study?
Descriptive statistics used prior to analysis. The 2500 heterosexual women participants with one biological child, 1,000 were using oral contraception (OC) and 1500 used no form of hormonal contraception (Jaslow, 2011). In the original study, random sampling method implemented using an online survey. The sample included women from Canada, the United States of America (USA), Czech Republic/Slovakia, United Kingdom (UK), and other countries. The majority of the participant came from the USA population and at average age of 37.7 years. According to Bennett, Briggs, and Triola, (2009), “analysis of variance (ANOVA), a method of testing the equality of three or more population means by analyzing sample variances” (p. 430). ANOVA used in this study to control the differences between the groups on OC or not with the dependent variables measures of relationship satisfaction. A standard tool called the sociosexual orientation inventory revised (SOI-R) included as a covariate. A covariate is a continuous variable that has an effect on the dependent variable but is not part of the main experiment or study. It removes the bias variables and increases the power of the test. Some women did not
References: Bennett, J. O., Briggs, W. L., & Triola, M. F. (2009). Statistical Reasoning for everyday life (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education. Jaslow, R. (2011, October 13). Women on birth control date bedroom “duds,” study suggest. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/2102-504763_162-20120123.html Roberts, S