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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:
http://www.psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/56/6/746

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?
Hypothesis

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

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

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?
References

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?

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Hello,

Interesting article! One approach to help you with getting started on this assignment is to look at each question, which you can draw on for your final copy. This is the approach this response takes. It should be fairly easy to take it to the next step of writing your final paper.

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

Let's look closer at each section of the following outline for evaluating the article: "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Mental Health Services in Poverty Areas".
(URL: http://www.psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/56/6/746).

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

1. Review of Previous Research

a. How closely is the literature reviewed in the study related to previous literature?

Although the literature review is very short, it is related to previous literature in the field. For example, the literature review reports earlier findings on the use of mental health services among Asian Americans, which indicate underutilization (Uba, 1994; Leong, 1986), and how researchers have explained this underutilization in terms of inaccessibility resulting from cultural incompatibility with services and avoidance of care by all but the most severely disturbed individuals (Mental Health, 2001; Sue, 1998, Akutsu, 1997). The literature review also report the further results form the last two studies listed above that showed more complex patterns, implying progress in the sense that use of outpatient services is higher among Asians than among Caucasians in the United States (Sue, 1998, Akutsu, 1997).

b. Is the review recent?

The review is fairly recent, listing research stemming from 1986 to 1997. However, the authors could have perhaps included more recent research to add to this, as it is almost 11 years old. However, in research, this is still considered fairly recent.

2. Problem and Purpose

With such a short literature review (2 paragraphs), the problem does not seem to be stated very clearly, and the authors do not provide a problem statement. The reader needs to infer, which seems to be that the authors think that certain ethnic groups have subdivisions that might differ in terms of service use patterns and diagnosis. However, one need to guess this, and it becomes more clear when you see the methods section.
a. What is the purpose of the study?
However, the purpose of the study is " to explore differences in service use between ethnic groups and to determine whether some ethnic groups have more serious conditions than others that account for differences in service use patterns" (p.1).

b. Is the purpose clearly stated?

The purpose is clearly stated as mentioned above. The purpose of the study is " to explore differences in service use between ethnic groups and to determine whether some ethnic groups have more serious conditions than others that account for differences in service use patterns" (p.1).

c. Does the purpose seem to be tied to the literature that is reviewed?

The purpose seems to be tied to the literature that is reviewed. It seems that the intent of the study is to expand on the previous research that found the use of mental health services among Asian Americans indicated underutilization (Uba, 1994; Leong, 1986), and ...

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