1. Response Guidelines
Read the post. Evaluate your peer’s response. Was it accurate? Did you agree with their description of the design selected? Why or why not?
1. Midgley, N., Parkinson, S., Holmes, J., Stapley, E., Eatough, V., & Target, M. (2017). “Did I bring it on myself? an explanatory study of the beliefs that adolescents referred to mental health services have about the causes of their depression. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 26(0), 25-34.
This is a qualitative research study that aims to examine the causal beliefs of depression amongst adolescents. This study utilized seventy-seven adolescents who were all diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. Researchers used a semi-structured interview to gather information in a randomized sample. Data analysis was gathered using a framework or multivariate analysis. This research identified three themes that would be associated with the onset of depression amongst adolescents. Findings showed that adolescent’s casual beliefs surrounding depression and implied in the way that they seek mental health services. The design utilized to present the current findings within this study is appropriate because it rules out all the possible variables that could be an onset to depressive symptoms amongst adolescents.
2. Radovic, A., Gmelin, T., Stein, B.D., & Miller, E. (2017). Depressed adolescents’ positive and negative use of social media. Journal of Adolescence, 0, (0).
This was a qualitative study that examined descriptions of social media accounts of twenty-three adolescents who were diagnosed with depression. This study was to show that social media may or may not be the cause of psychological distress in adolescents. This study further goes on to define what the positive and negative use of social media acquires. Researchers utilized a randomized sampling method to gather participants for this study. Furthermore, researchers conducted semi-structured interviews in person or over the phone. There is not much detail of how the data was calculated. However, I believe that more research should be done to understand the design that should be used to gather information. There is not information to rule the variables that could interfere with the study.
Read the post. Evaluate your peer on their description of the data analysis plans and how they relate to the research questions for the two articles. Were they accurate? Did you agree with their description of strengths and weaknesses?
I want to be honest and say that I feel confused in regards to this discussion post because it seems as though as if I am repeating what was mentioned in the previous discussion post. Due to the fact that I do not want to sound redundant. I want to write about the similarities and differences that are associated with each article. Since both articles are qualitative in design, there is not much to state in regards to differences in design style. Babbie (2016) states that qualitative research helps researchers understand the meaning behind social observations. Therefore, it allows researchers to gather information without utilizing numerical data. Furthermore, Babbie (2016) states that how qualitative research methods closes the gap between data collection and research theory.
In the study of Midgley et al. (2017), researchers try to understand the thought processes that are associated with adolescents who are diagnosed with depression by presenting a semi-structured interview to gather information. Furthermore, researchers utilize a multivariate data analysis to determine whether or not the way adolescents’ perceived mental health issues dictates whether or not adolescents seek aid for their systems. On the other hand, Radovic et al. (2017) perform a qualitative study that determines the negative and positive affects of depression amongst adolescents within social media. Both studies utilized semi-structured interview techniques to gather information from the participants in the study. The strengths in regard to the former study is that it uses multivariate analysis to determine all variables that were associated with the causes of depression amongst adolescents and their thought processes in getting mental health assistance whereas within the latter study there is not information to conform with what other variables that may affect the study from resolving the issue at hand. Both studies are exploratory in nature. This means that these studies gather information from observing and utilizing information that is already available. Crocetti (2015) state that systematic reviews with meta-analysis are the most effective way to gathering data to make a correlation within the research study. Systematic reviews with meta-analysis are so effective in that they allow individuals to rule out all the variables within the study that may cause biases. Due to the fact that each of these studies does not perform this structure of analysis, there is more research need to determine a final solution to the problem.