ERIC Number: ED364606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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The Importance of Structure Coefficients as against Beta Weights: Comments with Examples from the Counseling Psychology Literature.
Recent empirical studies of actual research practice demonstrate that general linear models, such as regression, have become increasingly popular. The present paper explores issues related to the interpretation of regression results, with illustrations drawn from studies in the counseling psychology literature. The primary focus of this paper is on the interpretation of structure as against beta weights. It is argued that the interpretation of results based solely on beta weights can lead to entirely erroneous conclusions regarding the importance or relevance of predictor variables. In general, both beta weights and structure coefficients must be interpreted in order to reach valid conclusions. (Contains 15 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Beta Weights; Structure Coefficients
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 9-12, 1993).