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Research Critique #2

Research Critique #2
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Walker, L.O., & Kim, M. (2002). Psychosocial thriving during late pregnancy: Relationship to ethnicity, gestational weight gain, and birth weight. JOGNN, 31, 263-274. THIS IS DUE 3/27/15
Link to Article – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.hsclib.sunysb.edu/doi/10.1111/j.1552-6909.2002.tb00048.x/pdf. This link is active and will lead you to the article. (It worked when I checked it on 1/8)
Read the above listed study. This study is available in the HSC library at http://www.hsclib.sunysb.edu/ under “find”, “e-journals” or by clicking the link above. Utilize your readings from Modules 1- 4 to answer the following questions in relation to this study. Paper must be written in APA Format, 6th Edition. Spelling, style, format and grammatical accuracy will be graded. You are expected to include references and a reference list at the end of your paper.
Groups should contain 5 members. Each individual must use a different color pen so that I can evaluate each contribution to the overall paper, however, all members of the group will receive the same final score.
Please create as a WORD document – or the equivalent in Apple Computers – and attach to this assignment. Working directly in this assignment removes the editing (Spell check, etc) and obscures APA formatting.
THE GRADING RUBRIC IS ATTACHED TO THIS ASSIGNMENT [See above) . PLEASE READ IT BEFORE YOU START WRITING.
1. What type of research design was used in this study?
2. Which concept or theory did the author utilize to frame her study?
3. What methods were used to assess reliability of the instruments in this study? Comment on the adequacy of the instruments’ reliability. NOTICE: this question is asking for comments about reliability of the tools or instruments. This is NOT the same thing as validity. You do not need to comment on the reliability of the results.
4. List major research questions that were tested in this study. Identify the primary variables for each research question as dependent or independent. Research questions should be considered individually. Whether variables are dependent or independent may vary according to the question asked.
5. Write operational definitions for each variable and indicate the level of measurement as used (e.g. nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio).
6. How do the results fit with previous research in this area?
7. What implications does this research have for clinical practice?
RUBRIC
Walker, L.O., & Kim, M. (2002). Psychosocial thriving during late pregnancy: Relationship to ethnicity, gestational weight gain, and birth weight. JOGNN, 31, 263-274.
Read the above listed study. This study is available in the HSC library at http://www.hsclib.sunysb.edu/ under “find”, “e-journals”. Utilize your readings from Modules 1- 4 to answer the following questions in relation to this study. Paper must be written in APA Format, 6th Edition. You are expected to include references and a reference list at the end of your paper. Each individual must use a different color pen so that I can evaluate each contribution to the overall paper, however, all members of the group will receive the same final score.
THIS ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH 15% OF THE FINAL GRADE FOR THIS COURSE. POINTS ARE ASSIGNED AS FOLLOWS.
Writing style (spelling, grammar) and APA formatting 2 points:
a. Gross errors, poor writing, spelling [>6] 0 points
b. 3 – 5 errors 1 point
c. 0- 2 errors 2 points
Questions: Answers may vary slightly and that is acceptable for academic discussion.
1. Name and describe the type of research design was used in this study? (2pts if answered, 0 if not)
2. Which theoretical or conceptual framework did the author utilize to frame her study? Did the use of this theory enhance the value of the study? Please describe. 2 points
a. Concept or theory stated and some of student’s reasons why theory enhanced or didn’t enhance value of study 2 points
b. Concept or theory stated, no reasons stated re value 1 point c. Answered neither 0 point
3. What methods were used to assess reliability of the instruments in this study? Comment on the adequacy of the instruments’ reliability. (2pts if answered, 0 if not). Note that this question asks about the reliability of the instrument [or tools used]. You do not have to comment about reliability of results.
4. List major research questions that were tested in this study. Identify the primary variables for each research question as dependent or independent. (3 pts if answered, 0 if not). Research questions should be considered individually.
HINT: Whether variables are dependent or independent may vary according to the question asked.
5. Write operational definitions for each variable that you identified in question 4 and indicate the level of measurement as used (e.g. nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio). (2 pts for operational definition and level of measurement for each, 1 point for either part, 0 points for neither)
6. How do the results fit with previous research in this area? (1 pt if answered, 0 if not). To answer this you need to read the discussion and interpretation provided by the authors.
7. What implications does this research have for clinical practice? (1 pt if answered, 0 if not).
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