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Evaluating Peer Reviewed Qualitative & Quantiative articles

Qualitative Research Article Evaluation

Provide a brief summary of the problem and research question. Briefly describe the degree of control the researcher(s) had over the following methodological components, and mention any issues with bias that they might encounter:

1. Selection of participants (or other data source[s]).
2. Experiences of the participants.
3. Choice of data collection instrument.

Would you characterize this study as an experiment or investigation? What type of research design does each study use? What sampling method does the researcher employ? Comment on the credibility of the study. Be sure to support your labeling of the study by referring to methodological features of the study as reported in the article.

Quantitative Research Article Evaluation

For the quantitative research article you reviewed from the study activity, provide a brief summary of the problem and research question. Briefly describe the degree of control the researcher(s) had over the following methodological components and mention any issues with bias that they might encounter:

1. Selection of participants (or other data source[s]).
2. Experiences of the participants.
3. Choice of data collection instrument.

Would you characterize this study as an experiment or investigation? What type of research design does each study use? What sampling method does the researcher employ? Comment on the validity (internal and external) of the study. Be sure to support your labeling of the study by referring to methodological features of the study as reported in the article.

(250 words must include all references)

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Here is an example of how you may answer these questions.

Article Used: Custody vs care: attitudes of prison staff to self-harm in women prisonersâ?"a qualitative study. By: Short, Vicky; Cooper, Jayne; Shaw, Jenny; Kenning, Cassandra; Abel, Kathryn; Chew-Graham, Carolyn. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. Jun2009, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p408-426.

1. Selection of participants (or other data source[s]).

The selection of participants in this study was controlled by the amount of autonomy granted by the prison where the study was conducted. The study focused on women in prison and self-harm with researchers using qualitative research to attempt to understand the phenomenon of self-harm in women prisons, which represents a significant problem. Participants were chosen after receiving the approval and permission from the warden and other appropriate authorities.

2. Experiences of the participants.

Participants were derived from the correctional staff within the facility. These chosen subjects witnessed suicide attempts, self-harm incidents, and other self-inflicted wounds or problems. Staff plays a vital role in the prevention of self-harm by women inmates and their ability to manage or identify potential inmates who may attempt to hurt themselves by committing self-harm or suicide is crucial for this phenomenon to stop. Many of the participants viewed self-harm lighter than attempted ...

Solution Summary

This solution evaluated two peer reviewed articles including one qualitative and quantiative article that analyzed the research question, described the degree of control that the researcher exerted over the research, and discussed the different rates of bias that can arise from quantiative or qualitative research designs.

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