I have a between-subjects ANCOVA (factors A and B, and covariate C), for which A*B is significant. I decomposed the interaction with a planned comparison described by the contrast A=(-1,1), B=(0,1), which was significant. I would like to find out the effect size (partial eta squared) for this effect, but unfortunately my stats package (Statistica) does not display this statistic for effects obtained via a contrast (planned comparison).
So I set out to compute it manually. I used the definition np^2=SS_treatment/SS_total. Statistica only displays SS_effect and SS_error, so as SS_treatment I took the SS_effect reported in the planned comparison, and as SS_total I took the SS_effect reported for the A*B interaction.
This, however, gives me a value of about 3.0, whereas I was expecting partial eta squared to be in the order of magnitude below 1, which is what I get for other similar effects.
Is the way I computed the partial eta squared incorrect, or have I otherwise made other mistakes? Thanks for any help!