Research Proposal

It should include a cover page, an abstract, an introduction, a literature review, a methodology, and a reference page.

Your final paper should be double-spaced, 8–10 pages in length, and properly edited.

Please use the following outline:

  • Introduction (2–3 pages)
    • Introduction (including the statement of the problem)
    • Purpose of the study
    • Research question and hypotheses
    • Theoretical framework
    • Operational definitions
  • Literature review (3 pages)
    • Introduction
    • Review of research topic (as covered by the literature)
    • Conclusion
  • Methodology (3–4 pages)
    • Introduction
    • Research design
    • Participants
    • Instruments
    • Procedures
    • Data analysis
    • Limitations of the study (i.e., threats to validity)
    • Ethical issues
    • Dissemination strategy
    • Summary
  • Reference page

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Articulate the problem to be researched, purpose of the study, the research question and hypotheses in operational terms aligned with the theoretical framework of the research. States the research question in operational terms that make the question measurable, but neglects to articulate the primary hypothesis and the null hypothesis in operational terms or the relationship between them.

Addresses the importance of the research with limited examples of appropriate scholarly support.

Mentions the theoretical but only superficially developed.

Presents a comprehensive literature review in support of the proposed research question. Presents and defines the research design.

Presents limited scholarly research to support the selected research design

Identify and define all relevant variables (e.g., participants).

Present procedures for obtaining informed consent. States most appropriate variables with the appropriate statistical research questions for each variable.

Provides a general description of informed consent.

Present a systematic description of the methodology to be used in the proposed research.States the type of data being collected.

Partially defines how that data would be collected.

Addresses some limitations, but neglected others.

Identify and discuss the assessment instruments to be administered and rationale. Present the empirical support for the assessments you have suggested. Stated tests or assessment procedures proposed to address forensic issues are accurate based on the information provided in the vignette and empirically supported, but underdeveloped.

Accurate but incomplete description of how these tests would be used.

Vague reference to cultural and forensic issues that may affect evaluation.

Anticipated conclusions have some inconsistencies with the information provided in the vignette or the forensic assessments described. 40

Identify the potential ethical issues that might affect the proposed research. Propose a resolution plan for these issues Responses either do not articulate respect for the rights of others or neglect aspects of his/her professional code of ethics (ACA/APA) and local state law.

States a few relevant ethical codes, general information about applicable laws and regulations, general times when he/she would seek consultation, and reasonable courses of action.

Academic Writing

Writing is generally clear and in an organized manner. It demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and generally displays accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation. Errors are few, isolated, and do not interfere with reader’s comprehension.

Citations in text and at the end of the document are in correct APA format. Writing is generally clear and in an organized manner. It demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and generally displays accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation. Errors are few, isolated, and do not interfere with reader’s comprehension.

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