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3.4.1: Best Practices for Researching Diverse Groups

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    Best Practices for Researching Diverse Groups

    Burlew, A. K., Peteet, B. J., McCuistian, C., and Miller-Roenigk B. D. (2019). Best practices for researching diverse groups. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry, 89(3), 354 - 368. 

    The abstract for the Burlew et al. (2019) article states:

    The elimination of health and other disparities requires high quality and methodologically sound research on racial/ethnic minoritiesDespite a general consensus on the need for valid research on racial/ethnic minorities, few guidelines are available. This article contributes to closing this gap by discussing examples and strategies for addressing concrete issues that researchers may face during these stages of the scientific process: planning and literature review (identifying meaningful gaps and appropriate theoretical perspectives), design (caveats of race-comparison, selection of appropriate terminology), measurement (measurement equivalence, effects of ethnicity of the interviewer/coder), recruitment (barriers and strategies to facilitate recruitment), data analysis (use of norms derived from other groups, hazards of combining ethnic groups in the analyses), and dissemination of study findings to professional and lay audiences. Applying appropriate methodology will result in research that may impact disparities.

    On this page, we will add the method we develop as a class that we will use to evaluate journal articles about research used with diverse groups.  The main categories are aligned to the steps in the article.  I will add our comments as we work on identifying them using hypothesis inside our course.


    Step 1: Planning and Literature Review

    1A: Review the relevant research to identify existing gaps

    1B: Indetify an appropriate theoretical framework


    Step 2: Design

    2A: Be aware of the caveats of race-comparison designs

    2B: Use of Appropriate Terminology


    Step 3: Measurement

    3A: Establish Measurement Equivalence

    3B: considering the effects of the Ethnicity of the Interviewer and the Coder on Measurement


    Step 4: Recruitment

    4a: Barriers to recruitment of racial/ethnic minorities

    4B: Identify strategies to facilitate recruitment of racial/ethnic minorities


    Step 5: Data Analysis

    5A: Consider the hazards of using norms and cut-off scores

    5B: Consider the Hazards of Combining Ethnic Groups for the Analyses


    Step 6: Dissemination

    6A: Selecting an approptiate journal

    6B: Diversify your research portfolio

    6C: Responsibly disseminate to lay audiences




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