Meta-analysis of cognitive gender differences: A comment on an analysis by Rosenthal and Rubin

Betsy J. Becker*, Larry V. Hedges

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Abstract

Extends both the logic and the statistical procedures used in a recent analysis by R. Rosenthal and D. B. Rubin of data on gender differences in cognitive abilities reported in a meta-analysis by J. S. Hyde. The logic of a "model fitting" approach to meta-analysis is described. Relevant statistical procedures and goodness-of-fit tests are illustrated. It is concluded that sex differences are changing over time and that essentially all of the variability in the sex differences reported by different studies can be explained as a function of the publication date and the selectivity of the sampling plan used in the studies. (10 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-587
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1984

Keywords

  • meta-analysis, sex differences in cognitive abilities, criticism of R. Rosenthal & D. B. Rubin's study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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