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 Does the author(s) explain the relevance of the research to social work practice/human service professionals?• Is the purpose of the study explanatory, evaluative or descriptive?• Was a theoretical framework presented?

Article Critique – Quantitative Article

For this assignment, briefly summarize and evaluate the research article (short name – Voices of Children in Foster Care). A link to the full article has been provided – Fals-Stewart.2003 – Partner Physical Aggression.pdf. A sample paper being attached.

The assignment has two sections/parts – summary and critique. For the summary section, provide a brief overview of the article. Avoid using direct quotes (or simply cutting and pasting portions of the article) for the overview.

For the critique section, evaluate the article using the following guidelines:

Introduction

• What is the social concern under study? (What is the Research problem?)• Does the author(s) explain the relevance of the research to social work practice/human service professionals?• Is the purpose of the study explanatory, evaluative or descriptive?• Was a theoretical framework presented?• Was a hypothesis or research question(s) stated?

Research Design

• Was the study cross-sectional or longitudinal? Did the study use group design or single subject design?• Did the study use primary or secondary data collection?• How was the data collected?• What were the major concepts in the research?• What were the independent and dependent variables?• Sample (participants)• What tool(s) (instruments, tests, surveys) was used?• Is the analytical method (data analysis) described?

Results/Findings

• What are the main findings? How do they relate to the hypothesis/research question(s)?

Conclusion/Discussion

• Following your review, what is your overall assessment of the article’s quality?

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