Discuss the relevance of the study to your own life and personality; highlight areas that it either particularly applies or is not relevant.

Paper Criteria

· Research reaction paper should include a summary and discussion of empirical article: A Comparison of Young Women’s Psychosocial Status Based on Age of Their First Childbirth

· 10 pages (not including a title and reference page)

· APA format (i.e., cite your reference using APA guidelines, double-space, 12-point font, 1-inch margins)

Your research reaction paper should include a summary and discussion of the research article including the following areas:

  1. topic area
  2. hypotheses
  3. method
  4. major results and findings

Finally, reaction papers should include a thoughtful commentary by the student. Specifically, not only should you provide a general summary, but you should include a critique of the research question and design, as well as a discussion of how the research relates to other theories of personality. In addition, you should include a commentary about the relationship of the research findings to your own life and personality development. Your comments, critique, and discussion should form the majority of the paper.

Use the following guidelines and section headers to organize your paper:

  1. Summary (the entire summary section as described below should only take two to three pages):
  2. Topic area: In one or two sentences, identify the general topic area of your paper.
  3. Hypothesis: You may use the verbatim hypothesis directly from the study you are critiquing. The hypothesis is generally only a couple of sentences long.
  4. Method: Provide a summary of the research method utilized in your study; this summary should be several sentences in length. Identify the type of research, the subject population, number of subjects, methods or tests used and other relevant information.
  5. Results and Discussion: Summarize (in less than 10 sentences) the findings of the research study. You do not have to go into great detail, just report the conclusions drawn by the study.
  6. Critique (should take approximately two to three pages):
  7. This is your opportunity to critically evaluate the research study. You will want to discuss the appropriateness of the research methods utilized, the applicability of the subject population, the utility of the assessment measures, conclusions drawn, etc.
  8. Basically, you are evaluating the quality of the research design and the conclusions. Your task it to demonstrate that you are a critical consumer of psychological information.
  9. Relationship of the study to personality theory (approximately two to three pages):
  10. Discuss the relationship of this study to theories identified in class. Often, the research study will not directly address its relationship to theory; it is your task to draw these types of conclusions.
  11. Critically evaluate what the results of this study contribute to the field of personality theory.
  12. Relationship of the study to your own life and personality development (approximately two pages):

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