Research Study Appraisal: Discussion


For this discussion, you will choose one of the research articles provided to you below and appraise the study. More than yes or no answers are expected. Address the following in your discussion board posting:

  • What type of study is this? Quantitative or Qualitative or Mixed Methods?
  • What is the problem? Is it clearly and concisely identified? Why or why not?
  • Is the problem presented with enough background material to acquaint the reader with the importance/significance of the problem?
  • What are the variables of the study? Are they clearly defined?
  • What is the hypothesis(es) or research question(s)?
  • What did the study findings conclude?

Batchelder, H. R., Martz, D. M., Curtin, L., & Jameson, J. P. (2021). Interpersonal violence victimization and eating disorder behaviors in rural adolescents. Journal of Rural Mental Health. Advance online publication.

Elsaesser, C., Patton, D. U., Weinstein, E., Santiago, J., Clarke, A., & Eschmann, R. (2021). Small becomes big, fast: Adolescent perceptions of how social media features escalate online conflict to offline violence. Children and Youth Services Review, 122, 105898. 

Jones, R. M., Van Den Bree, M., Zammit, S., & Taylor, P. J. (2020). Change in the relationship between drinking alcohol and risk of violence among adolescents and young adults: A nationally representative longitudinal study. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 55(4), 439-447. 

Sargent, E., Zahniser, E., Gaylord-Harden, N., Morency, M., & Jenkins, E. (2020). Examining the effects of family and community violence on African American adolescents: The roles of violence type and relationship proximity to violence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 40(5), 633-661. 

Your initial post must be posted before you can view and respond to colleagues, must contain minimum of two (2) references, in addition to examples from your personal experiences to augment the topic. The goal is to make your post interesting and engaging so others will want to read/respond to it. Synthesize and summarize from your resources in order to avoid the use of direct quotes, which can often be dry and boring. No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.

Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.”


  • Describe various types, advantages, and disadvantages of data collection methods used in research

Points: 30


  • Initial Post: Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one (1) from peer-reviewed references.
  • Response posts: Minimum of one (1) total reference: one (1) from peer-reviewed or course materials reference per response.

Words Limits

  • Initial Post: Minimum 200 words excluding references (approximately one (1) page)
  • Response posts: Minimum 100 words excluding references.

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