Stellenbosch University researchers who compiled Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in coloured South African women, have since retracted the controversial article.
As reported by EWN, the online petition launched by University of Cape Town’s Professor Barbara Boswell has garnered enough support to prompt the article’s publishers to have another look at the contents of the study
Stellenbosch University researchers findings on South African coloured women
Researchers, Sharne Nieuwoudt, Kasha Dickie, Caria Coetsee and Louise Engelbrecht, assessed 60 multiracial women on their functional response to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a widely used screening assessment for detecting cognitive impairment.
Based on the study’s findings, they concluded that due to “low education levels and unhealthy lifestyle behaviours in coloured South African women contributed to the increased risk of low cognitive function.”
Publishers shelve study
Their methodology and manner of reporting used in the study were held under intense scrutiny by academic professors.
On Thursday, its publishers noted that there were serious flaws in the make-up of the study.
They were largely critical of the fact that the data collected by the researchers did not support the assertions that were made in their findings.
Also, the references made were “not supportive of the claims that are made about the participants in the study or about South African women more generally.”
“The editors and the publisher have taken the decision to retract this article. We have consulted with the authors throughout this process and they have agreed with the retraction of this article.” they said.
The study’s publishers have noted, however, that the article will still be available online, as a matter of recognising its scholarly record.