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Massage Research 101

The Association-Oriented Research Strategy


  • List the two research methods that are included in the association-oriented research strategy.
  • Identify and explain the three major research procedures that define the correlational research method.
  • List the three principal research designs that are included under the correlational research method.
  • List the two principal research designs included under the predictive research method.
  • Distinguish between correlational research and correlational statistics.
  • Explain the relationship between correlation and causation.
  • Explain how association-oriented research may function as an antecedent, or precursor, to difference- oriented research.
  • Read and critique published research reports that exemplify the correlational research method and the predictive research method.

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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