Literature Review and Research Proposal Paper
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Select a developmental challenge facing a population of your choice (e.g., staying in school, risky sexual behavior) and review the scientific literature pertaining to the prevention of this problem. This paper will ask you to do several things. First, you will attempt to articulate a “best practices” summary of what is known about preventing this problem with careful attention to cultural considerations (i.e., what works with whom, based on the literature). Second, you should articulate what is still UNKNOWN about prevention in this area. Third, you should propose at least 3 testable research questions based on what is unknown and make recommendations for how researchers could go about addressing these 3 areas. The Vera (2013) text contains many “best practices” in the prevention of school drop-out, substance abuse, pregnancy/risky sexual behavior, delinquency/violence, and youth suicide. Chapters in this book may point you in the direction of appropriate literature for your paper but you will need to use databases such as PsychInfo to collect updated resources.
You should think about picking a topic that has personal or professional meaning to you. First summarize what we know about preventing negative outcomes (or fostering positive outcomes) in this area. You can write the first part of the paper keeping in mind “best practices” since there are many areas in the field in which we have a good sense of ‘what works.’ Please keep in mind that there are important cultural considerations you should cover in this area. For example, if you don’t focus on a topic that is relevant to a particular gender group or ethnic group, please address how such factors might impact our approach to prevention in the area you select.
The next part of the paper is equally important and it should focus on what is missing from the literature, or what we still do not know. Pick three areas for future exploration and research. Tell me what the areas are, why they are important, and briefly describe what would need to happen for researchers to take on these topics (who would be the participants, what kind of studies would be of value). You do not need to go into fine detail about the research studies that would be connected to the three areas, but give me a sense of what kind of information would be important to gather and what could be done with that information. Please consult an adequate number of resources (10 or more) and use your own words, do not copy and paste from articles or other people’s summaries as I will be submitting your papers through an online plagiarism site. Best of luck!
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