Research Methods In Health & Human Services

Research Methods In Health & Human Services

In Week Five you will complete a Final Paper that will focus on  evaluating research studies and reports to analyze a specific topic  within a Health and Human Services research area.  Review the  instructions for your Final Paper in Week Five of the course or in the  “Components of Course Evaluation” section of this guide.

This  week you will submit a description of your topic area and an outline  for your Final Paper.  To begin, select a topic area from the Health and  Human Services field.  Your topic should correspond to actual research  studies that have been performed.  You may find it easier to locate  peer-reviewed sources as you select your topic area, to ensure that  there is research available in the area you choose.  Examples of  possible topic areas include:

  • Program effectiveness of community-based mental health treatment facilities.
  • Perceptions of ethical competence among human service professionals working in long- term care.
  • Treatment intervention outcomes for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Characteristics of successful job placement programs for special needs adults.
  • Trends in health care legislation and impacts on health and human service delivery.

In the first part of your assignment this week, describe  your selected topic area, including the problem or background issues  that you would like to address in your Final Paper.  To do this, you  will need to visit the Ashford University Library and locate at least  eight peer-reviewed sources that pertain to your selected topic area.   Your sources must present actual research studies that correspond to the  problem or background of your selected topic area.

Summarize the components, attributes, and/or various segments of the topic area you have selected.
For example:

  • What is the research problem or issue?
  • Who or what is affected by this problem or issue?
  • What are some specific examples of research studies, evaluations, reports, literature reviews, etc. that address it?
  • What are the findings of these sources, and what are their implications on the health and human services field?

Then, create a detailed outline of your Final Paper.  Your  outline should include at least headings and sub-headings, with at least  a one- to two-sentence description for each.  Indicate within each  section which of your sources will apply to that section.

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