An illustration of using multiple imputation versus listwise deletion analyses: The effect of Hanen's "more than words" on parenting stress

Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz, Paul Yoder, Wendy L. Stone, Allison S. Nahmias, Alice S. Carter, Seniz Celimli-Aksoy, Daniel S. Messinger

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Abstract

This investigation illustrates the effects of using different missing data analysis techniques to analyze effects of a parent-implemented treatment on stress in parents of toddlers with autism symptomatology. The analysis approaches yielded similar results when analyzing main effects of the intervention, but different findings for moderation effects. Using listwise deletion, the data supported an iatrogenic effect of Hanen's "More Than Words" on stress in parents with high levels of pretreatment depressive symptoms. Using multiple imputation, a significant moderated treatment effect with uninterpretable regions of significance did not support an iatrogenic effect of treatment on parenting stress. Results highlight the need for caution in interpreting analyses that do not involve validated methods of handling missing data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-486+488+491
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume119
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Early intervention
  • Missing data analysis
  • Multiple imputation
  • Parent stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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