Critical analysis of a quantitative study-“Student perceptions of stress, coping, relationships, and academic civility:A longitudinal study”

Please follow the criteria below when reviewing your selected research article for this assignment. Address each of the Criteria I-VI and the related elements. Fully and clearly evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and/or gaps for each of the criteria with related elements. Provide examples from the study with evidence from literature, textbook, or other professional sources to support your analysis. This is an individual assignment.

This assignment requires APA format for the title page, 2 levels for structuring paper, citation in text and reference page. Two level format would include the major criteria centered on the page, and flush left the element related to that criteria you are addressing before you present the analysis.

Refer to the Critical Analysis: Quantitative Research Rubric [PDF, File Size 88 KB] for details related to grading expectations as you begin your assignment. The rubric also shows how you can advance your performance level beyond the expected Mastery to the Exemplary performance level.


I. Background Information/Overview

Literature: empirical, theoretical; primary, secondary sources; relevance to topic and interventions.
Problem/Significance: issues, relevance, benefits, stakeholders.
Purpose: intent of the study.
II. Hypotheses/ Operational Definitions or Research Question/Definition of Terms

Direction of study and type(s) of hypotheses.
Types of variables.
Operational definitions.
Research question and definition of terms.
III. Study Design

Type of research design.
Alignment of design to purpose and hypotheses/question.
Rationale and relevance of design to purpose/hypotheses, research question.
IV. Methodology

Population: sample demographics, selection, assignment, sample size.
Data Collection: tools/interventions, reliability, validity, relevance to the population. Procedure: rigor and relevance to question/hypothesis.
V. Ethical Considerations

Participant rights: voluntary participation, consent, anonymity, confidentiality, withdrawal, and protection from harm.
IRB approval process at study site.
VI. Analysis

Statistical methods.
Findings of the study.
Inferences or limitations.
VII. Implications

Nursing and/or Healthcare Practice.
Nursing Education.
Nursing Leadership/Administration.
Formatting requirements:

Title Page conform to APA format.
Use the headings from this outline when writing your paper in 2 level format.
All references cited within the paper and on the reference page must adhere to APA guidelines.
Note: All documents must be written and submitted in Microsoft® Word®. If written in another word processing program the instructor may not be able to open it, the formatting will be distorted and you may be asked to resubmit your paper prior to grading.

Submitting Your Assignment: Submit your paper as an attachment through the assignment drop box. Be sure to click ‘submit’ after attaching your assignment. Check the course schedule for the due date.

Grading Your Assignment: It is strongly recommended that you use both the Critical Analysis: Quantitative Research Rubric [PDF, File Size 88 KB] and the criteria for the critical analysis to assure you have addressed all the criteria. This assignment is worth 30% of your final grade.

Compose your work using a word processor (or other software as appropriate) and save it frequently to your computer. When you’re ready to submit your work, click Browse My Computer and find your file. Once you’ve located your file click Open and, if successful, the file name will appear under the Attached files heading. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click Submit and you’re done. Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you post it.

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