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In search for an open-science : traumatic stress researcher’s data-sharing behaviour in relation to biological age, professional age and career stage

Culha, H. (2022) In search for an open-science : traumatic stress researcher’s data-sharing behaviour in relation to biological age, professional age and career stage.

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Abstract:Abstract Background. Sharing one’s precious data is a practice that is both still uncommon and yet extremely valuable to scientific progress. Many researchers agree on the importance of data sharing, yet across the disciplines, there seems to be a disagreement on the actual sharing practice. Fostering the understanding of why that is, this study is exploring age, as a biological and professional dimension, and career stage as predictors of data sharing behavior. Methods. The sample consist of 193 participants who were recruited by a means of a purposive sampling method. This study utilizes a binary logistic regression analysis that compares a univariate to a multivariate model. The independent variables in the equation are biological age (BA), as a categorical variable that accounts for the time a person has been alive, and professional age (PA), as a continuous variable that accounts for time spent in a respective field and career stage (CS), as a categorical variable, that accounts for the level of expertise. Data sharing behavior (DSB) is treated as a binary dependent variable reflecting if a researcher had shared data at least once at any point in time and serves as the outcome variable. Lastly, PA*CS were tested for an interaction effect. Results. PA turned out to be significantly positively associated with having shared data in both the univariate and multivariate models. Different from BA and CS, who were both significantly associated with DSB in the univariate model, were insignificant and weaker associated in the multivariate model. Moreover, there was no significant moderation effect found for PA*CS on DSB. Discussion. Overall, PA seems to be a good fit for a model that tries to explore the individual predictors of DSB. Interestingly enough, the relationship between BA and DSB might need further research in order to include possible confounding variables. CS on the other hand might be a moderating variable that influences the strength of the association between PA and DSB, although in this study results were non-significant, therefore further research is needed to solidify either claim. Lastly, it is suggested to expand the exploration of correlates of DSB to personality traits, sense of community theory, and other factors that might accompany BA, PA, and CS.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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