On the Use of College Students in Social Science Research: Insights from a Second‐Order Meta‐analysis

  title={On the Use of College Students in Social Science Research: Insights from a Second‐Order Meta‐analysis},
  author={Robert A. Peterson},
  journal={Journal of Consumer Research},
  • R. Peterson
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Consumer Research
A second-order meta-analysis was conducted to assess the implications of using college student subjects in social science research. Four meta-analyses investigating response homogeneity (cumulative N > 650,000) and 30 meta-analyses reporting effect sizes for 65 behavioral or psychological relationships (cumulative N > 350,000) provided comparative data for college student subjects and nonstudent (adult) subjects for the present research. In general, responses of college student subjects were… Expand

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