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Posted by **Anonymous** on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 9:50am.

What is the shape of the comparison distribution?

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**PsyDAG**, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 2:05pmWith the above data, I would find it hard to tell. I assume a higher score means more affection. Is there an assumption that the new fathers have a more positive view toward fatherhood and therefore more affection toward their fathers? Can you assume that a few new fathers might have lower affection, because they now perceive their fathers as being "bad" fathers? (I don't know.)

Do you have the median value too? If the median is significantly higher than the mean, it would be negatively skewed (to the left). If it is significantly lower, the distribution would be positively skewed (drawn out to the right). If they are both very close, the distribution would be relatively normal.

The standard deviation does not indicate percentages/proportions accurately in a skewed distribution.

I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.

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