Faculty Publications

Title

An empirical investigation of partial effect sizes in meta-analysis of correlational data

Document Type

Article

Keywords

meta-analysis, partial effect sizes, regression results

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of General Psychology

Volume

141

Issue

1

First Page

47

Last Page

64

Abstract

The partial correlation and the semi-partial correlation can be seen as measures of partial effect sizes for the correlational family. Thus, both indices have been used in the meta-analysis literature to represent the relationship between an outcome and a predictor of interest, controlling for the effect of other variables in the model. This article evaluates the accuracy of synthesizing these two indices under different situations. Both partial correlation and the semi-partial correlation appear to behave as expected with respect to bias and root mean squared error (RMSE). However, the partial correlation seems to outperform the semi-partial correlation regarding Type I error of the homogeneity test (Q statistic). Although further investigation is needed to fully understand the impact of meta-analyzing partial effect sizes, the current study demonstrates the accuracy of both indices. © 2014 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI of published version

10.1080/00221309.2013.853021

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