choose a scientific article of your choice locate using the college s library database write a multi paragraph summary based on the different parts of the article

  1. Research Article Summary (100 points) Due before/on 10/12

By completing this project, students will demonstrate proficiency with the following common course objectives:

1. Critically analyze and apply data derived from psychological research on Adolescent Psychology.

2. Analyze, and evaluate information on Adolescent Psychology found in film, television, radio, print, and information technology resources.

3. Apply concepts concerning adolescent development to one’s own experiences or someone else’s, and a culturally diverse community.

4. Communicate the understanding of adolescent development concepts in written, oral, and/or signed format.

5. Describe the relevance of ethnicity, gender, religion, age and race to understanding differences in such areas of adolescent development as the effect of parenting styles on adolescents, sexual expression, relationship patterns, treatment of adolescents, gender roles, and other topic areas.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of informational technology tools for accessing interpreting and expressing knowledge of adolescent psychology in a rapidly changing world.

Assignment Directions:

Students must choose a scientific article of your choice. After a selection has been made and the article has been located using the college’s library database, students are to write a multi-paragraph summary (minimum 2 pages) based on the different parts of the article (see below for more detailed information).

Papers should include individual paragraphs based on the following headings:

  • Introduction– An introductory paragraph introduces the reader to the topic of your paper and states the thesis of the research. For the purpose of this assignment, the introductory paragraph should describe the research topic presented within the selected article as well as the main points discussed throughout the article.
  • Rationale– Trace the logical reasons for this research based upon the findings of previous research. In other words, what prior findings discussed in the selected article led the researchers to the current experiment? For example, if researchers wanted to do a study about a new medication to be given to children, then part of the rationale (e.g. reasoning) might be that no one has researched the medication on children before. Another possibility could be that the medications currently used with children have been found to have serious side effects.
  • Methods– Describe the subjects, procedures, and measurement tools used in the study.
  • Results– What were the findings of the researchers? Although you are not expected to interpret advanced statistics, it is reasonable that you understand the summative statements in the section.
  • Discussion/Conclusion– What does the experimental evidence add to the existing knowledge? How did the authors critique their own research?
  • Critical Thinking– In what ways do the research findings fit with the content you have learned in Human Growth and Development? How might the evidence impact people during their lives? How does this research apply to diversity (e.g., age, gender, race, ethnicity, and/or religion)?

Papers should include a reference page with the article citation.

Your paper should be written in American Psychological Association (APA) format. It is not necessary to write an abstract for this assignment. You may access the APA Style for College Papers at


  • Be sure that your paper includes at least six paragraphs identifying each of the research elements noted above.
  • Remember the rules for quotation and citation!
  • You may not use quotes for more than 30% of your paper.
  • Please spell and grammar check your papers.
  • Proofread your paper to insure your sentences make sense.

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