systematic review

Psychosocial interventions for cancer survivors: A meta-analysis of effects on positive affect

__Purpose__ Positive affect has demonstrated unique benefits in the context of health-related stress and is emerging as an important target for psychosocial interventions. The primary objective of this meta-analysis was to determine whether …

An examination of measurement procedures and characteristics of baseline outcome data in single-case research

There has been growing interest in using statistical methods to analyze data and estimate effect size indices from studies that use single-case designs (SCDs), as a complement to traditional visual inspection methods. The validity of a statistical …

Interventions to enhance self-efficacy in cancer patients and survivors: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Objective: Self-efficacy expectations are associated with improvements in problematic outcomes widely considered clinically significant (i.e., emotional distress, fatigue, pain), related to positive health behaviors, and, as a type of personal …

Systematic review and meta-analysis of stay-play-talk interventions for improving social behaviors of young children

Stay-play-talk (SPT) is a peer-mediated intervention which involves training peer implementers to stay in proximity to, play with, and talk to a focal child who has disabilities or lower social competence. This systematic review and meta-analysis …

Examining the effects of social stories on challenging behavior and prosocial skills in young children: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Social stories are a commonly used intervention practice in early childhood special education. Recent systematic reviews have documented the evidence-base for social stories, but findings are mixed. We examined the efficacy of social stories for …

Effects of psychosocial interventions on meaning and purpose in adults with cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Meaning and purpose in life are associated with the mental and physical health of patients with cancer and survivors and also constitute highly valued outcomes in themselves. Because meaning and purpose are often threatened by a cancer diagnosis and …

Current practices in meta-regression in psychology, education, and medicine

Having surveyed the history and methods of meta‐regression in a previous paper,1 in this paper we review which and how meta‐regression methods are applied in recent research syntheses. To do so, we reviewed studies published in 2016 across four …

Single-case synthesis tools II: Comparing overlap measures and parametric effect sizes for synthesizing antecedent sensory-based interventions

Varying methods for evaluating the outcomes of single case research designs (SCD) are currently used in reviews and meta-analyses of interventions. Quantitative effect size measures are often presented alongside visual analysis conclusions. Six …

Single-case synthesis tools I: Evaluating the quality and rigor of research on antecedent sensory-based interventions

Tools for evaluating the quality and rigor of single case research designs (SCD) are often used when conducting SCD syntheses. Preferred components include evaluations of design features related to the internal validity of SCD to obtain quality …

A meta-analysis of school-based group contingency interventions for students with challenging behavior: An update

Group contingencies are recognized as a potent intervention for addressing challenging student behavior in the classroom, with research reviews supporting the use of this intervention platform going back more than four decades. Over this time period, …