Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We took Eve to a free day at the children's museum. I love that this city has a lot of free community events!!

So Jardan and I are doing quite well! We're waiting to hear back from a PD that he did testing for, and meanwhile we've been really busy. He's been doing lots of research and looking at all sorts of jobs, trying to figure out the best path to take. I've been going to school, and even though I had spring break this past week I've been working more than usual because I have so much due! I just finished my last question on my stats midterm. Here's my answer (i know you don't want to read it, but I'm SO PROUD that I figured out how to enter the data into SPSS and also how to conduct the tests and interpret the results!!):
A one-way analysis of variance was conducted to examine the clinical efficacy of an antidepressant. The independent variable, the dosage of the antidepressant, had three levels: placebo, low-dose, and moderate-dose. The dependent variable was the patients’ scores for the Beck Depression Inventory, which was taken after four weeks of the assigned dosage of treatment with the antidepressant. The ANOVA was significant, F(2,12) = 11.27, p = .002. The strength of the relationship between the dosage treatment and the patient scores, as assessed by eta square, was strong, with the independent variable accounting for 65.3% of the variance of the dependent variable. Thus, results indicated a strong relationship between the dose of the antidepressant and the depression score.
Follow-up tests were conducted to evaluate the pairwise differences among the means. Because the variance among the groups ranged from 7.85-8.17 and Levene’s test of equality of error variances was significant, it was assumed that the variances were homogeneous. Post-hoc tests were conducted with Tuckey’s HSD. It was found that between the placebo (M = 38.2, SD = 8.17) and low-dose (M = 20.6, SD = 8.32) groups, as well as between the placebo and moderate-dose (M = 14.8, SD = 7.85) groups there were significant mean differences at the .05 level. However, between the low- and moderate-dose groups there was no significant effect. Thus, the results indicate that the antidepressant significantly reduced the depression scores of both the low-dose and moderate-dose groups.
I'm also doing research/trying to conduct a few in-depth interviews concerning how effective welfare is, hopefully getting at the fact that it needs to be improved, specifically by helping people go to SCHOOL and get REAL TRAINING for REAL JOBS--that is, if the goal of welfare is actually to help people get out of poverty (also trying to figure out if there's a difference between the "official" goal and "practiced" goal in AZ). I'm really excited and I LOVE what I'm studying. :)
Hope you all are having a beautiful March and are doing well!


Lindsay said...

how was the museum? i was just teeling steve the other day we needed to do free night at that place. i think the kids would love it. hope all is well, good luck on your welfare research and we'll cross our fingers for the pd job.

laura said...

Hi aubrey! eve is so beautiful. it's good to be in touch.

Arizona Nielsens said...

We were at the Children's Museum at the same exact time and we didn't see each other!! We didn't get there until about 1 in the afternoon, though. We have a year pass... so we should go together sometime soon!