Title

Testing the Clinical Implications of Planned Missing Data Designs

Keywords

missing data in couple therapy, data design

Abstract

Assessment is a core element of evidence‐based practice, but thorough formal assessment can place a significant burden on clients. We evaluated the clinical viability of using planned missing data designs to reduce client burden. Data come from an archival dataset with 1342 participants. Although significant differences were found in scores with planned missing data versus real scores, the effect sizes for the differences were generally small. Scores with missing data had sensitivity and specificity scores generally above .90 when predicting real scores over clinical cutoffs and improvement in real scores. These findings offer useful information to agencies and researchers looking for ways to collect more data without losing its immediate clinical utility.

Original Publication Citation

Huff, S.C, Anderson, S.R., & Tambling, R.B. (2016). Testing the clinical implications of planned missing data designs. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 42, 313-325. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12129

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-06-11

Publisher

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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