Rodgers (2010) recently applauded a revolution involving the increased use of statistical modeling techniques. It is argued that such use may have a downside, citing empirical evidence in educational psychology that modeling techniques are often applied in cross-sectional, correlational studies to produce unjustified causal conclusions and prescriptive statements.
Robinson, Daniel H. and Levin, Joel R.
"The Not-So-Quiet Revolution: Cautionary Comments on the Rejection of Hypothesis Testing in Favor of a “Causal” Modeling Alternative,"
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods:
2, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol9/iss2/2