Researchers wanted to explore self-esteem in adolescent boys and adolescent

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  • Researchers wanted to explore self-esteem in adolescent boys and
    adolescent girls. Each respondent completed a 10-item self-esteem scale
    (they chose one rating for each item from a Likert-type scale, 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree). The sum of the 10 ratings was each respondent’s self-esteem score.  Their results were: t = 2.01, d = .90 (40 girls, 40 boys).
  • Instructors will be using a grading rubric to grade the assignments.
    It is recommended that learners review the rubric prior to beginning
    the assignment in order to become familiar with the assignment criteria
    and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing
    assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success
    Center.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly
    research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text
    citation from each source be included.

Directions:

In an essay of 250-500 words, use the scenario presented in part 1a, above, to thoroughly answer the following questions:

  1. What statistical test did the researchers use to determine if there
    was a statistically significant difference in levels of self-esteem
    between the boys and the girls?
  2. What was the purpose of calculating a Cohen’s d? When is a Cohen’s d calculated? Interpret d=.90. What does it mean in this example? 
  3. What if the researcher compared the adolescent boys before treatment
    and again after treating them for depression? What type of t-test would
    be most appropriate in this case, and why?

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