Correlation Between Groups For Gender, Race, And Race

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Missing values were replaced by the average of all the other items in that scale for that individual respondent. Analyses were conducted to determine if the mean scores for individual items were significantly different (less than or greater) from zero, the neutral response value—signifying either statistically significant disagreement or agreement with an item, respectively. Next, a factor analysis was performed to determine if similar items clustered together into subscales. Descriptive statistics (means and standard deviations) and one sample, two-tailed t-tests were calculated for each resulting subscale (Butler, 2010). No systematic differences in scores based on gender, race, age, or years in practice were theorized, but statistical…show more content…
Histograms for one attachment relationship item (7, relating to the possibility for secure attachment where there is no disclosure) and two clinical practice items (11, relating to obtaining informed consent for open disclosure in couple therapy, and 14, relating to whom the decision of disclosure rightfully belongs) revealed apparent bimodality in the distributions of responses to these questions. To determine if there were significant differences between the two clusters of values, two separate groups were created by dividing the responses on the two items according to their positive or negative value. The 0 values were then divided equally between the two groups. An independent samples t-test was then conducted comparing the lower and higher scoring groups. Tests for each of the three items were significant, revealing that for each of these three questions, there were two groups of therapists responding significantly differently, one group agreeing and the other disagreeing with the statement (Butler, 2010). Thus, in terms of practice patterns, significant subgroups routinely obtain or, alternatively, fail to obtain consent to disclose relationship-relevant information, and significant subgroups either do or don’t leave the disclosure decision to the offending spouse alone. Thus, there appears to be significant variation in practice patterns, without any
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