Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 211–215

Sex as a Possible Source of Group Inequivalence in Lovaas (1987)

  • Richard D. Boyd

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026065321080

Cite this article as:
Boyd, R.D. J Autism Dev Disord (1998) 28: 211. doi:10.1023/A:1026065321080


The possibility of differential sex proportions as a confounding factor in the Lovaas (1987) study is raised in this paper. It is argued that the chi-square analysis reported in the original study was inadequate and that the appropriate comparison should be made not between the experimental group and primary control group (Control Group 1) utilizing expected cell frequencies estimated from sample data, but between these two groups using population data to estimate expected cell frequencies. Implications of this interpretation are discussed.

Behavioral treatment autism sex proportions 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard D. Boyd
    • 1
  1. 1.Golden Gate Regional CenterSan Francisco

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