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“Making incorrect assumptions about cause and effect (e.g., “If I wish hard enough, my Daddy will be OK.”)”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families -theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Category: Programs, therapies, and resources

"A matched comparison group is a subsample of participants selected to be a point of comparison for a group receiving an intervention. Participants for the matched comparison group are selected based on having similar characteristics to the group receiving the intervention."

Citation: Hanita, M., Ansel, D., Shakman, K. (2017). Matched-comparison group design: An evaluation brief for educational stakeholders [White paper]. Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program. https://www.edc.org/sites/default/files/uploads/matched_comparison_group_design.pdf

Category: Methodology

3 Mean

The mean is the average of scores in a distribution and is calculated by dividing the sum of scores by the number of scores observed.

Category: Methodology

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"Individual cognitive and behavioral strategies used to reframe and give different meaning to a stressful event or situation.”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families -theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Category: Programs, therapies, and resources

Meaning-making refers to the process through which families perceive the meaning behind the experience of a stressor event.

Category: Theories

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Measurement invariance can be used to demonstrate that a construct has an equivalent meaning to separate groups or across repeated measurements. In particular, "measurement invariance applies to group comparison, to mean comparisons across measurement occasions, and to differential relations between constructs by group..."

Citation: Putnick, D. L. & Bornstein, M. H. (2016) Measurement invariance conventions and reporting: The state of the art and future directions for psychological research. Developmental Review, 41, 71-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dr.2016.06.004

Category: Methodology

7 Median

The median is the score that lies in the middle of a distribution and thus divides the distribution into two equal parts.

Category: Methodology

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The mediation model is a framework which accounts for mediating variables hypothesized to lie intermediate in the relationship between the independent variable and outcome.

Citation: Lewis-Beck, M., Bryman, A., & Liao, T. (2004). The SAGE encyclopedia of social science research methods (Vols. 1–3). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589 Fairchild, A. J., & MacKinnon, D. P. (2009). A general model for testing mediation and moderation effects. Prevention Science : The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 10(2), 87–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-008-0109-6

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Category: Methodology

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Mediators are variables which serve as the mechanism by which the independent variable affects the outcome. These variables can help to explain the relationship between independent and dependent variables.

Citation: Lewis-Beck, M., Bryman, A., & Liao, T. (2004). The SAGE encyclopedia of social science research methods (Vols. 1–3). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589

Category: Methodology

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“A research team established by the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General to examine behavioral health of service members and behavioral health care in OIF and OEF.”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families -theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Category: Military

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