NURS 8310 – Epidemiology and Population Health | NURS 8310 – Epidemiology and Population Health | Walden University
The article I have selected is titled, “A Meta-Analysis: The Relationship between Parents and Adolescents’ Academic Achievement” by Robert H. Bradley and Richard J. Murnane, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology in 1994.
Due to its extensive nature, this article can be classified as a “meta-analysis” because it aggregates data from multiple studies that were performed over time to get a better understanding of the issue. The rigorous methodology required for this type of analysis includes systematic reviews, such as the search and assessment of relevant literature. It also requires providing summary statistics about all studies included. The authors of this study conducted a metaanalysis on 92 research articles that investigated parental involvement and adolescents’ academic performance. This allowed them to reach more conclusive conclusions than they could have from a single paper.
Researchers can use meta-analyses to combine vast quantities of data and create more accurate models of what’s actually happening. The results are then more reliable, as they will be more relevant outside of laboratory settings.