Single-Case Research Design in Pediatric Psychology: Considerations Regarding Data Analysis

Lindsey L. Cohen*, Amanda Feinstein, Akihiko Masuda, Kevin E. Vowles

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Objective Single-case research allows for an examination of behavior and can demonstrate the functional relation between intervention and outcome in pediatric psychology. This review highlights key assumptions, methodological and design considerations, and options for data analysis. Methods Single-case methodology and guidelines are reviewed with an in-depth focus on visual and statistical analyses. Results Guidelines allow for the careful evaluation of design quality and visual analysis. A number of statistical techniques have been introduced to supplement visual analysis, but to date, there is no consensus on their recommended use in single-case research design. Conclusions Single-case methodology is invaluable for advancing pediatric psychology science and practice, and guidelines have been introduced to enhance the consistency, validity, and reliability of these studies. Experts generally agree that visual inspection is the optimal method of analysis in single-case design; however, statistical approaches are becoming increasingly evaluated and used to augment data interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-137
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date03 Sep 2013
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • research design and methods
  • single-case designs
  • statistical applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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