Research Article Review

The idea is to write an issue‑oriented and thoughtful 3-4 page review of a selected empirical research article on a well-defined, specific question concerning optimizing an aspect of personality or social development (either preventing or treating problems). You’ll discuss major issues addressed by the research and the theory and research leading to it, describe and critique your selected study, and contemplate broader implications of the research. The paper or a similar version of it should not have been used previously or currently for another course.
 
The choice of a topic is up to you. Your selected study should present a specific, research-based intervention study about an aspect of social and personality development that really interests you and it should grow out of a careful search for articles. The choice of a good article is very important: Here are some illustrative research questions: How can we intervene to increase secure parent-infant attachments in families with a depressed mother? How can parents help young children learn to regulate their emotions better? How can parents be trained to help foster the development of a strong conscience or prosocial behavior in adolescents? What can be done to make children think differently about those from other social groups? How can peers be mobilized to reduce bullying in schools? How can parents be trained to prevent the development of delinquent behavior in adolescence?  
 
The heart of the paper will be a discussion of a single published empirical research study addressing your question. Do not pick a qualitative study or a meta-analysis or a review of many studies. The study:
·       should be related to a topic in this course and should be an article published between 2018 and 2021
·       can have either children or parents/peers/teachers/etc. as the targets of the intervention but should have at least one measure of child functioning as a dependent variable
·       should be an original report of an empirical intervention (or maybe two) presenting quantitative data (numbers)
·       should have intro, methods, results, and discussion sections

The paper can be organized as follows:
 
     a. Introduction: Set the stage, lay out the scope of your topic and its importance; draw on a literature review, the Parke textbook, and especially the introduction section of your selected article to give an overview of the topic, earlier theory and research on it, and how your study builds on previous research or moves it in a new direction. Why was this study done and why is it important?  
    b. Review of selected study: Communicate clearly the questions asked by the researchers, how they sought to answer them, and what they found. Summarize critical information such as goals, theoretical perspective and/or hypotheses, sample, methods, results, and implications. Dig into the Methods section to find out how they intervened and with whom and how they assessed the effects of the intervention(s). (The Article Critique Guide in the Syllabus section of Blackboard will be useful in guiding your reading.) Note: Don’t worry if you can’t understand the results sections of articles well, as some are very technical. Typically the Discussion section will summarize the main findings before discussing and interpreting them.
 
     c. Conclusions and implications: Thoroughly critique the strengths and weaknesses of the study, making clear which points the authors make themselves and which are your own ideas. Discuss things like limitations of the research design or measures, inconsistencies with previous studies cited, unanswered questions or debated issues. What does this study tell us about optimizing the aspect of social or personality development of interest to you? What are the main strengths and weaknesses of this study compared to what we would ideally like to see in an intervention study? What still needs to be studied further or learned? How does the research relate back to more general theories, themes, concepts, and issues in social and personality development? What are the implications for understanding, for future practice or intervention, for further research?
 
The paper, to be submitted through Assignments, should be approximately 3-4 pages, double‑spaced and in APA style, include the sections outlined above, and end with a reference list. You do not need an abstract or a cover page. I will not quibble over fine points of APA style as long as you have all the information you should have about your references