Scientific Merit Reflection

Scientific Merit Reflection.

Scientific Merit Reflection

Before posting your answer, you may wish to review the Scientific Merit Presentation multimedia piece from this unit’s studies. You will also find it linked in Resources.

For your final post in this course, reflect on the concept of scientific merit. With regard to the three dimensions of scientific merit (advances the knowledge base; contributes to theory; and meets hallmarks of good research), describe the aspects of the study you chose for the Scientific Merit Paper course project that exemplify each of the three components of scientific merit.

Choose an area of scientific merit that could be improved in your study and explain how it could be improved.

Response Guidelines

After reviewing the discussion postings, choose one peers to respond to. For your response:

  • Discuss how your experience and analysis compares with that of your peer.




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Scientific Merit Reflection

Van Allen et al. (2017) research on qualitative examination regarding pediatric obesity in the rural had high scientific merit since it effectively incorporated all the three aspects of a scientific research. The authors did a rigorous research on the previous literature to obtain the knowledge gap in their research, which was the relationship between family ties and obesity intervention. Their research on such a gap led to the advancement of the knowledge base. The researchers also supported the family system theory and the theory of the planned behavior, which led to a contribution of the research on existing theories. Besides, they took an exceptional approach by applying a sound methodology to meet the hallmarks of a good research. The survey on parents from the rural was an appropriate approach since such families contain all the characteristics of a society regarding societal pressure. They also maintained a high ethical standard by obtaining ethical approval from the relevant authorities and abiding by their ethical code of conduct.

However, the assessment of the scientific merit of the research regarding meeting the hallmark of a good research can be improved. More emphasis has been placed on the research itself rather than the researcher. Merit on such an area is based on the adherence of the research to the scientific standards and practices. The researchers’ potential should also be evaluated regarding their skills in leadership, training in human resource, and their qualitative ability for creation of new knowledge.  The skills of Van Allen, Lancaster and Seegan regarding their leadership, training in human resource, and qualitative ability to create new knowledge could have also been evaluated. Such a measure of personal skills should also be included in the scientific merit rather than considering the research indicators only. In general, the research indicated a high scientific merit but the approach should be enhanced by incorporating the personal skills of the researchers.


Persistent link:


Van Allen, J., Lancaster, B., & Seegan, P. L. (2017). A qualitative examination of contributing factors and treatment considerations for pediatric obesity among parents of rural preschoolers. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 5(4), 353.





The scientific merit of the research article that was used for this class was to analyze the possible additional stress from using (ICT) Information Computer Technologies notably in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism type jobs (Ninaus, Diehl, Terlutter, Chan, & Huang, 2015). In this study, the World Health Organization has announced occupational stress as one of the leading health threats of the twenty-first century. Because of this type of job-related stress, any one of the three following conditions are noted; 1) insufficient performance, 2) health impairments, or 3) burnout.

Advances the knowledge base

Many of the issues that have been studied in the past is that stress causes insufficient performance at work, health problem such as increased sick days, or total burnout where one would find leaving their job to be a benefit but, this defines (ICT) Information Computer Technologies such as a Palm Pilot, Text Messaging, or other social media to be included in with work and to work outside of the office walls including, but not limited to home after hours. Secondly, it also looks at the benefits that these ICTs have provided these individuals with not having to be tied to the office and can be on the move more (Ninaus et al., 2015).

Contributes to the theory

Since human beings have a hard time putting down phones or other technological devices, this could be a theory as to why someone would be having health type issues since they are not getting the required amount of sleep in which was causing exhaustion. Secondly, there are benefits to having these devices also with instant availability and flexibility of not having to be tied to the office to get things done. One theory that was used in this research is by making those that use these devices aware of their need to be connected all the time would reduce the work-related stress and over time improve one’s health (Ninaus et al., 2015).

Meets hallmarks of good research

The methodology of this particular research was to find the pros and the cons of having (ICT) Information Computer Technologies at the touch of your finger (Ninaus et al., 2015). Ethics was a center issue with informed consent was taken verbally, documented, and confidentiality was guaranteed (Belmont Report, 2016). There was also to be no offer of monies for being a part of the study. The research was done by a small number of participants, twenty-five (25) individuals and on a qualitative level to allow for an uninhibited look into private work and stress experiences.


The Belmont Report. (2016). Retrieved from

Leedy, P. D., Ormrod, J. E. (2016). Practical Research: Planning and Design, (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Ninaus, K., Diehl, S., Terlutter, R., Chan, K., & Huang, A. (2015). Benefits and stressors – perceived effects of ICT use on employee health and work stress: An exploratory study from Austria and Hong Kong. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 10(1), 28838-15. doi:10.3402/qhw.v10.28838

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