Quantitative research article: “The risk of being ‘too honest’: drug use, stigma and pregnancy.” For this assignment students will critique a quantitative research article. Use the guidelines in the Polit and Beck text to set a benchmark to critique the quantitative research study. Cite your benchmark source and describe how the study authors met or did not meet the benchmark criteria listed below. Assignment Criteria: Develop a scholarly paper that addresses the following criteria: 1.Critique the journal article, fully answering the questions below. 2.The scholarly paper should be in narrative format. 3.Include an introductory paragraph, purpose statement, and a conclusion. 4. Include level 1 and 2 headings to organize the paper. 5.Write the paper in third person, not first person (meaning do not use ‘we’ or ‘I’) and in a scholarly manner. To clarify: I, we, you, me, our may not be used. In addition, describing yourself as the researcher or the author should not be used. 6.Include a minimum of one professional peer-reviewed scholarly journal references to support the paper and a second benchmark peer reviewed source (may be textbook or other journal article) and be less than five (5) years old. 7. APA format is required (attention to spelling/grammar, a title page, a reference page, and in-text citations). Introduction Research Problems, Research Questions and Hypotheses What is the research problem? Does the problem build a persuasive argument for the new study? Is the problem statement easy to locate? What are the research questions and hypothesis? Do the hypothesis state a predicted relationship between two or more variables? Methods Ethical Aspects of a Study Was the study approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board, Research Ethics Board or similar committee? Were appropriate informed consent procedures used with all participants? Research Design Was the design experimental, quasi-experimental, or non-experimental? Was the study longitudinal or cross-sectional? What are the threats to the studies internal validity? Sampling What type of sampling design was used? Are possible sample biases or weaknesses identified? Data Collection What methods of data collection were utilized (Self-reports, Scales, Observation, and Rating Scales)? If self-report methods were used, did the researchers make good decisions about specific methods (in-person interviews, mailed questionnaires, etc.)? If observational methods were used, did the report adequately describe what the observations entailed? Results Statistical Analysis Identify the type of analyses undertaken to address each research question or test each hypothesis. Were appropriate statistical methods used, given the level of measurement of the variables, number of groups being compared, and so on? Results How are important results presented? Do the authors make causal or correlational inferences? Are the inferences justified based on the study design and the results? Discussion Findings What limitations do the authors discuss? What other limitations that may affect internal validity do you find in the study? Are the findings the authors present directly related to the results from the data in the study? Clinical Practice Did the researchers discuss the study’s implications for clinical practice or future research and if so, were the implications grounded in the study evidence, and in evidence from earlier research?

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