Biomedical Education Poster Session

Re: Poster 125

Joseph Baker

Dear Dr. Grover,

Thanks for the comments on the study.  I hope you are enjoying the conference and I would enjoy hearing your suggestions for reasons why the results came out as they did.  I must disagree with your suggestion that correlation and regression analyses are not predictive.  Don't both these analysis techniques provide a measure of how well an outcome (i.e., binge drinking) can be predicted based on knowledge of an independent variable (sensation seeking or general self-efficacy)?  As to your comment about peer pressure, I whole heartedly agree.  That is likely a variable of significant influence.  However, regardless of peer pressure, the moderating relationship for self-efficacy held for marijuana use and sensation-seeking only suggesting that there is something unique about this relationship.  Certainly this area needs further examination.

On Fri Dec 4, grover wrote
>Dr. Baker: I am glad to see your nice presentation and hope you enjoy the meeting.  I found your conclusions on predictability a little far fetched.  The last time checked, correlation was not a predictor.  It is hard to say whether the binge drinking affects self efficacy or vice-versa.  Also, there is big parameter missing in this analysis - peer pressure.

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