1. I am interested in the topic Child Abuse.
2. I am interested in this topic so I can really get some understanding of how this actually takes place. I want to know how parents allow this type of behavior with no emotions. I also would like to study the laws and sentencing of this type of crime. Sometimes I feel they get a slap on the risk so I just want the information and knowledge.
3. I want to see the situation from everyone point of view because I am missing something. I really am focusing on the parents behavior and roles of this crime as well. I want to know what they thinking when this is taking place and what they wish to have done different.
You have a lot of great ideas, but you’ll want to narrow it down. It seems like you’re most interested in understanding the motivations and behaviors of those who actually engage in abuse. One study I found is really interesting and looks at mental health clinician’s perspectives of parents involved with CPS (this is more broad). But you could do something similar with clinicians who work specifically with child abuse cases. I’m attaching the article for you! There don’t seem to be too many articles on Why people abuse…. this would be a good argument for why you need to it! I’m also attaching an article about the effects of physical abuse – it’s a good article to use when you’re writing your literature review and discussing why this is an important topic. There are a lot of other articles looking at other outcomes.
The topic is child abuse
3/1/22, 10:42 PM Proposal Assignment #1: Literature Review
Proposal Assignment #1: Literature Review
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Research Proposal Assignment #1: Literature Review
A literature review is an essay on your topic area. It is called a ‘literature review’ because you’ll need to review all
relevant literature to your topic and include all major findings. It should be a review of what we already know. This
means you should have a lot of references. Keep in mind that this is NOT an annotated bibliography. At this point,
we aren’t summarizing entire research articles one by one. We are synthesizing the main findings from these
studies into a cohesive overview of what we know about the broader topic.
The sections of your paper that need to be completed are the (1) Introduction, (2) Literature Review, (3) Gaps &
Possible RQs, (4) References. In total, these sections should fall between 6-10 pages.
The introduction should be 1-3 paragraphs. It does not need a header. It should introduce the general topic
area, explain why this research area is important, interesting, or problematic. It should introduce the main
variables you’re interested in and should transition into the literature review.
The literature review will vary in length depending on how many sections/variables you need to cover. It’s
better to include more information, rather than less. The body of your literature review should be clearly
organized (using the outline you already created) and go from General > Specific. The purpose of the literature
review is to provide an overview of the research that has already been done on your topic. In these sections
you’ll introduce important findings, highlight why this topic area is important, identify and define key terms, and
highlight any gaps in the literature (what we don’t know yet..). Ultimately, the literature review should tell a story
about everything we already know and don’t know – and it should point the reader toward your own
study/research questions. By the time your reader finished reading the literature review, they should have a
good idea of what you intend to study and what variables will be used in your research questions. The literature
review should include many sources/citations (since it is an overview of the existing research). Max of one
quote in the lit review. Do not list author names or titles of articles or journals in the body UNLESS it is
absolutely necessary to do so.
The last section of gaps and possible research questions should summarize the ‘what we don’t know’ about
this topic area (for example you might say something like, “we know that men with low self-esteem are more
likely to engage in intimate partner violence, however, no one has examined if this relationship is true for
women as well” or “all of the studies that have examined youth success in anger management classes have
either looked at whether they completed the class or whether they offended again within a year of taking the
class, but no studies have actually talked to these youth to get their perspective on how they were impacted by
the classes.” This sets you up to explain why your study idea is important! These things will help you consider
some potential research questions. I want you to write 2-3 possible questions that you’ll examine in your
proposal in this class. These questions should be based off what you learned while doing your literature review.
They should ask a question we don’t already have an answer to. It’s okay to ask the same question
3/1/22, 10:42 PM Proposal Assignment #1: Literature Review
someone has already asked if you’re approaching it in a different way (testing it with a different population or
using a different method) but you need to justify it. This section will only need to be a paragraph or two long.
The literature review should include many sources/citations (since it is an overview of the existing research).
You will need a minimum of 15 references, but will likely need more if you’re being thorough. If something is
cited within text, it should also appear the in the reference section and vice-versa. You will not get credit for
references listed at the end of your paper but never mentioned in the paper itself. Your citations should mostly
be published in the past 10 years to ensure you’re not citing out-of-date literature. At least 80% of your citations
MUST be scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. You need to find these using places like the library website,
google scholar, research gate, etc.. If you’re unsure if an article counts as peer-reviewed, please don’t hesitate
to ask. Don’t forget to cite in-text and also include the reference in the references section of your paper. If you’re
struggling with APA, refer back to the APA lecture, contact the Library, or take your paper to the writing center.
Must be in APA format.
Here are some useful websites that explain literature reviews in more detail and one that includes samples of what
literature reviews often look like.