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Applying Meta-Analysis to Criminological Research: A Step-by-Step Approach

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A meta-analysis is a quantitative synthesis of existing research studies. It is an optimal methodology to summarize the state of knowledge in a particular topic and can often uncover novel conclusions as well as hedge controversies found in established bodies of literature. Although most meta-analyses can still be found in medicine and science, the recognition of this technique as a useful tool for the social sciences is growing rapidly. This case focuses on the practical considerations of conducting meta-analysis through four main steps: identify the population, determine eligibility, abstract the data, and analyze/conclude. To illustrate these steps, a recently conducted study on fear of crime is used as a case study on how and why meta-analysis is an important method in the social sciences.

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