Characterising developmental disorders: Towards better group comparisons in developmental research

Gnanathusharan Rajendran*, Peter Edward McKenna, Martin Corley

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Abstract

Investigating a developmental disorder (DD) must consider three questions: 1) Who are you measuring? 2) How are you measuring? and 3) What are you measuring? The decisions made – from selecting an appropriate comparison group and deciding what to match on, to the very measurements and statistics we use – directly inform the characterisations of a DD. We discuss the implications of these decisions through a critique of approaches: Including coping with heterogeneity, group matching and the importance of studying processes as well as outcomes. Our aim is to help researchers navigate this field of research and make informed decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100101
JournalMethods in Psychology
Volume7
Early online date29 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Appropriate measurement
  • Developmental disorders
  • Group matching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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