ERIC Number: EJ779859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Can Scientifically Useful Hypotheses Be Tested with Correlations?
Bentler, Peter M.
American Psychologist, v62 n8 p772-782 Nov 2007
Historically, interesting psychological theories have been phrased in terms of correlation coefficients, which are standardized covariances, and various statistics derived from them. Methodological practice over the last 40 years, however, has suggested it is necessary to transform such theories into hypotheses on covariances and statistics derived from them. This complication turns out to be unnecessary, because the methodology now exists to test hypotheses on latent structures of correlations directly. Two examples are given. Limitations of correlation structures are also noted.
Descriptors: Correlation, Hypothesis Testing, Theories, Research Methodology, Evaluation Methods, Psychology, Psychological Studies
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