As of today, I have 39 participants who have completed all phases of the study. It's good, but 7 participants short of what I need.
I meet with my committee chairs in two days. We will discuss my options and decide whether to stick it out until I get the full 46 participants needed OR pull the plug and use the data I have thus far. Since I REALLY want to finish up and be ready to defend my paper in August or September, I vote to pull the plug and use what I have. I understand my results will not be valid, but I will have proven that I am capable of conducing research. Isn't that all I need to earn my degree?
I've had a long rest from writing and reading! It's time to remind my brain how to conduct and interpret an ANOVA and MANOVA. I need to reread my own paper and many of the articles I referenced in it. It's time to wake up my brain and write my way to the finish line.
And then it's time to present my paper in a formal peer setting, such as the Serious Play Conference in July!! I will not yet have defended my paper, but I will know my results. Forcing me to prepare a presentation will help me prepare for my defense. Practice makes perfect.
On a good note regarding not getting enough participants... I will have a very detailed limitations section in my paper!