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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 22
Title: Social/Behavioral Science or Psuedoscience?
Lead Author: Scheff, Thomas J
Abstract: In many social/behavioral explanatory (causal)studies the effect sizes appear to have been near zero for many years, and are not increasing in several fields of study. Reviews of effect sizes in one field, self-esteem (some twenty thousand that used standardized scales), provide an example (Scheff and Fearon, 2004). Between 1976 and 2004 there were four reviews of the entire field, and 24 reviews of subfields, a total of 28 assessments. All of them found near zero effect sizes for predicting behavior. The lack of any increase in those 28 years also suggests zero progress in these studies, and zero monitoring of findings by funding and other agencies.
PDF: Scheff_Thomas_22.pdf

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