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Unit 9 Assignment

Pick a topic of interest that you would want to study. It is recommended, but not required, to use the same topic you have used for prior learning activities.

What is your topic?

What is your research question?

What is your hypothesis?

 

Complete the table below:

Single Case Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.  
What are possible strengths of this approach?  
What are limitations of this approach?  
Observational Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.  
What are possible strengths of this approach?  
What are limitations of this approach?  
Survey Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.  
What are possible strengths of this approach?  
What are limitations of this approach?  
Quasi-Experimental Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.  
What are possible strengths of this approach?  
What are limitations of this approach?  
Single Factor Experimental Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.  
What are possible strengths of this approach?  
What are limitations of this approach?  

 

If you had a grant to study your topic of interest, which of these designs would you use?

Why?

In a minimum of three pages, write the methods and discussion section of a research paper using the selected design. You can choose to discuss results that confirm your hypothesis or results that disconfirm your hypothesis. In the discussion section, be sure to discuss limitations to your study, ways that future research could overcome these limitations and provide further information, and ways that professionals could use the results of your study. Be sure to include a title and reference page, in APA format. Per APA format, all pages should also have a running head.

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Effects of Alcohol Addiction

Unit 9 Assignment

Pick a topic of interest that you would want to study. It is recommended, but not required, to use the same topic you have used for prior learning activities.
What is your topic?
The research topic will be the long term impacts that alcohol addiction has on family and its social interactions.
What is your research question?
The research question will be the effects that alcohol addiction causes the children of the alcoholics and those close to them.
 
 
 
What is your hypothesis?
Alcoholism has long-term effects on the children of the alcoholic and the close family members of the alcoholics.
 
 
Complete the table below:
Single Case Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.    This method uses a very specific sample to find out the research questions that the study requires (Smith, 2012). The single case design would be used to analyses the relationship of an  alcoholics in a pre-determined family, and the long-term effects the alcoholic has on the other family members as well as the children
What are possible strengths of this approach?    The method is very cost effective as it minimizes the cost of having to perform a study of very many families. The method is also time-saving since the researcher would only be required to visit the subject family.
What are limitations of this approach?    The study method is likely to give a wrong representation of the community. This is because the sample is too small to be used for statistical significance (Smith, 2012).
Observational Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.    For this particular method, the researcher would need to get a subject pool of drunkards and put them into treatment groups. Those who will show signs of alcoholism such as dependency will then be studied to investigate the relationship of alcoholism and their social lives.
What are possible strengths of this approach?    The method would be very successful as it would give accurate results that would suffer minimal bias.
What are limitations of this approach?    An observational method easily violates the ethical standards. In a hypothetical controlled experiment, the researcher would be required to use a large subject pool of drunkards and then divide them randomly into a treatment group where those who would show signs of alcohol dependency will be pointed out and studied.
Survey Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.    The survey design method would be very ideal. The researcher would choose a sample of respondents from a population and gave them a standardized questionnaire. The questions in the questionnaire would be designed in such a way that they get the content of the study from the respondents.
What are possible strengths of this approach?    This method is very effective especially because it allows the respondent to answer questions that would be awkward if asked on a face-to-face interview. The questionnaire method is also time-saving as it would just require the respondent to have it filled and then analyzed. This method easily allows for comparisons to be made between the subjects being studied to measure the degree of their differences.
 
What are limitations of this approach?    Some respondent is likely to give wrong information. This can seriously affect the legitimacy of the findings and the results drawn from the study.
Quasi-Experimental Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.    Randomly assign the identity variable to the subject. That is a different variable for the alcoholics and a different variable for the control group. The two would then be compared to establish the dependent variable that is the impact of alcoholics on their social lives and the children of the alcoholics (Socialresearchmethods.net, 2015).
What are possible strengths of this approach?    This method is likely to produce statistically measurable results. The results can then be used as an effective, measurable corrective measure to upset the effects of alcoholism.
What are limitations of this approach?    The method is complex and requires skillful researchers to perform it. Consequently, it would be an expensive method to get the results.
Single Factor Experimental Design
How could this method be used with your study question? Describe in 2–3 sentences how you could create a study with this design.    The researcher would need to use the subjects of the study through their various cycles of activities while establishing the effects achieved at each particular stage. For instance studying the relationship of the subject when they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms and while being alcoholic (Socialresearchmethods.net, 2015).
What are possible strengths of this approach?    The method is likely to give critical variations in social interaction at different experiences of the subject.
What are limitations of this approach?    The subjects may not be co-operative to switch from one activity to the other. For instance, they may be stubborn to stop drinking and enroll to a rehabilitation center. The subjects may also fake the relationships at the time of the study.

 

Methods and discussions

Survey design would be very ideal for conducting research on the long-term impact of alcoholism on the family and the social interactions of the alcoholics. The method would only cost the researcher a minimum portion of the grant awarded to them. The design would also ensure that the process of collecting data is done fast, and analysis is facilitated. The alternative survey word is by use of open ended and closed ended questionnaires. This would be distributed at various religious gatherings, rehabilitation centers as well as correction centers such as prisons where suitable respondents would fill them (Revolutionizing Awareness, 2011). The empirical literature has shown a strong correlation between broken families and neglect of parental roles with alcoholism. The probability is that the findings of the research would be similar to those of the empirical literature. Therefore, a discussion of the findings and results would be facilitated (Revolutionizing Awareness, 2011).

Effects on family and children

The effects of alcoholism on the family are felt from the earliest stage of the child’s upbringing. Alcoholic parents are known to be very inferior regarding caregiving while compared to their counterparts. These parents deny the children the necessary care to the children. They also prohibit their children from talking to their peers about their habits. This does not only leave the children without much to talk about but also makes the children feel neglected as they are not able to share their lives with the other children (Aamft.org,2015). The parents are also very rigid regarding their expectations to their children that leave the children stressed. These children are also very vulnerable to diseases and psychosomatic ailments in comparison to their counterparts. These problems develop into their adulthood as the effects of living and growing up in the shadow of an alcoholic parent takes effect on them.

The children also suffer from social stigma as they are mostly labeled as Children of Alcoholics which causes them major personal and social consequences. They are therefore shunned as most families would not allow their children to bring home a friend or about the family with a Child from an Alcoholic. The children suffer from a subtle effect. They are more vulnerable to the effects of alcoholism as compared to their counterparts. Children of the alcoholics suffer from low self-esteem and feel very under-estimated against their peers. They suffer heavily from the problems associated with low-self-esteems. These problems include depression and the lack of understanding of normalcy.