Why is this study important?

Introduction (This should be very short, at most 3 pages)

What is your research problem or question?
Why did you select this topic?
What is the purpose of the study?
Why is this study important?

Review of the Literature (approximately 8-15 Pages)

Perform a comprehensive review of empirical findings relevant to your hypotheses
Summarize at least15 academic journal articles. Approximately 20 or more references will be appropriate for most topics.
You do not (and should not) give elaborate details for each article individually
Cluster them in a logical order and summarize the important issues such as sample, design, and findings
Remember, the articles should relate directly to your proposed research
Don’t forget to discuss articles that have differing view points on a topic. You will support your expected hypothesis with your literature review, but you should discuss literature that does NOT support it as well.

Methodology (Between 8 to15 Pages. It should be substantial, but may be shorter or longer as your topic dictates).

Hypotheses, Variables, and Measurement

Provide a detailed description of your hypotheses or research questions
your concepts
how you operationalized them
sample items that represent the concepts you will measure
Research Design

Population and sample
iii. Data collection method

How will you collect data?
Where?
Sample Size?

Informed consent

Discuss how you will obtain this if necessary.
Data for the Analysis (short… probably less than 2 pages, but may be longer)

Describe the source(s) of data for the analysis (if more than one source, describe separately and tell what information will be gathered from each source)

Official, self-report, victimization data, observational data, cross-sectional or longitudinal

Primary or secondary data

If primary, describe the data collection procedures

who will collect the data
what time periods will be covered
if a survey will it be a questionnaire or an interview
how will the survey instrument be distributed
Data management (short… probably less than 2 pages, but may be longer)

Who will compute the data if primary data and the amount of time it will take to clean the data (i.e., dealing with missing info)

Feasibility of the Proposed Research (include if relevant)

Discuss ethical issues

Draft a proposed letter of permission from the agency personnel and/or parents or subjects, as relevant
Refer to this appendix in the text
Describe access to secondary data (if relevant)

Estimate the costs of the research

Do a timeline with dates for each step of the research

Describe political concerns, if relevant

List of References

All in APA citation style, 6th edition
in Alphabetical order

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