This is important. It does not mean that we have to abandon social science. It does mean that we have to be aware of our dual position and to make every effort to ensure that our personal biases and attitudes do not affect our data collection or interpretations. We also have to think about the social repercussions of our work. We have too many examples of personal biases reported as objective scientific findings, with long-term negative consequences as a result. Finally, it troubles me greatly that my own discipline seems so little concerned with the deteriorating condition of children and youth in our society. I believe that we as social scientists must have a moral as well as a scientific conscience. If we do not care about the children and youth we study, then our results will never attain true significance, statistical or otherwise.
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