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    interpret

    Does the following paragraph make sense? For example, is the use of "interpreted" after "Bates" right? I need to include Bates's interpretation after his findings.

    Bates (2008)
    found that adolescents aging out of foster care were not more likely to experience mental health problems than their peers. The findings were not significant since the p-value was greater than .05. Bates (2008) interpreted that the findings were not significant because there was no significant difference between adolescents aging out of foster care and their peers.

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    Re: interpret

    The word that should go there is decided.

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    Re: interpret

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    Bates (2008) interpreted concluded that the findings were not significant because there was no significant major difference between adolescents aging out of foster care and their peers.
    You could use "decided" (as Tarheel has suggested) instead of "concluded" and "notable" instead of "major."

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    Re: interpret

    No, if a scientific finding is "not statistically significant", then the hypothesis has not been supported. This is a fact, not an interpretation. (It's a statistical interpretation, but not an interpretation of the findings.) A scientific interpretation of the findings would involve suggestions about why there was no difference.

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