even when controlling for other factors, like the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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VadimR

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Indeed, a study that will be published next month found that the escalating use of stimulants by the military in active duty soldiers, including those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, was strongly correlated with an increase in the rates of PTSD, even when controlling for other factors, like the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study examined the use of prescription stimulants, like Ritalin and Adderall, and the rates of PTSD in nearly 26,000 military service members between 2001 and 2008, and found that the incidence of PTSD increased along with the prescriptions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/o...region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0

Can someone explain this phrase? May "even when controlling for" be substituted for "even compared with"?
 
  • joanvillafane

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    Hi Vadim - no it's not the same. "even when controlling for the rate of ADHD" means that the ADHD was a factor that was controlled in the study. Presumably, soldiers with and without ADHD were compared (with each other) to see if there was a difference in the rate of PTSD (correlated with use of stimulants).
     

    VadimR

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    I.e. despite other factors like having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder the use of stimulants still had strong effect on the rates of PTSD. Am I right?
     
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