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Research Paper Analysis

Sampling Techniques, Measurement, Reliability, and Validity

Also consult: any article by Salkind such as "Criteria for Judging a Research Study" and apply information regarding research design.

Research Paper Instructions

For this research analysis, use the format for "Criteria for Judging a Research Study" outlined below. This is a modification of the criteria from the text, Exploring Research. Use the same section headings as outlined below as you answer the questions under each section. These criteria will help you to write your analysis of the article:

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Mental HealthServices in Poverty Areas. Can be found at:

For this paper, you are to prepare the answers to the questions below in paragraph form, using proper punctuation and spelling.

Criteria For Judging A Research Study (Use title of the article.)

Review of Previous Research

How closely is the literature reviewed in the study related to previous literature?
Is the review recent?
Problem and Purpose

What is the purpose of the study?
Is the purpose clearly stated?
Does the purpose seem to be tied to the literature that is reviewed?
Is there a rationale for why the study is an important one?
Is the objective of the study clearly stated?

What is the hypothesis?
Is the hypothesis clearly stated?
Is the hypothesis grounded in theory or in a review and presentation of relevant literature?

What are the dependent and independent variables?
Are the definitions and descriptions of the variables complete?
Is it clear how the study was conducted?

Was the sample selected in such a way that you think it is representative of the population?
Is it clear where the sample came from and how it was selected?
How similar are the subjects in the study to those that have been used in other similar studies?
Results and discussion

Does the author relate the results to the review of the literature?
Are the results related to the hypothesis?
Is the discussion of the results consistent with the results?
Does the discussion provide closure to the initial hypotheses presented by the author?

Is the list of references current?
Are the references consistent in their format?
Does each reference cited in the body of the paper appear in the reference list?
General comments about the paper

Is the research paper clearly written and understandable?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the research?
What are the primary implications of the research?
What would you do to improve the research?


Solution Summary

This solution provides assistance in analyzing the article, Racial/Ethnic disparities in the use of mental health services in poverty areas, based on the criteria for judging research study e.g., hypothesis, sampling techniques and others.