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Article Review and CritiqueArticle Review and CritiqueNatalia Dankwa Walden University
Article Review and CritiqueThe case study that I will be critiquing was conducted by Ellis, Bates, Dodge, Ferguson, Horwood, Petit, and Woodward and it is titled Does Father Absence Place Daughters at Special Risk for Early Sexual Activity and Teenage Pregnancy.When I found this article, I was very much drawn to it because of the title. This is a big social issue in America today and as a CPS worker I am presented with these issues daily. I also felt like it was very important to social workbecause it is necessary for social worker to know and be able to link environmental and lifestyle situations that affect a persons behavior. Researchers have to create a title that not only will attract readers but also provide a title that will be can be easily found by those interested in the research conducted. This title is descriptive, meaning that it describes the subject of the article. The abstract for this article contained the appropriate amount of recommended content. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Your abstract should contain at least your research topic, research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions. You may also include possible implications of your research and future work you see connected with your findings. Your abstract should be a single paragraph double-spaced. Your abstract should be between 150 and 250 words. You may also want to list keywords from your paper in your abstract” (2010). It may be difficult to summarize so much information in a lesser amount of words because the author may want to ensure the reader finds their article interesting enough to evaluate the whole study and when conducting research for articles on a particular study, the title and the abstract may be what holds the reader’s attention. With this in mind, the author of the article has to remember the rules of writing an abstract, which the APA
Article Review and Critiquestates are: “Uses one or more well-developed paragraphs, which are unified, coherent, concise, and able to stand alone; uses an introduction-body-conclusion structure in which the parts of the report are discussed in order: purpose, findings, conclusions, recommendations; follows strictly the chronology of the report; provides logical connections between material included; adds no new information but simply summarizes the report and is intelligible to a wide audience” (2010).A social job is to provide services and recommend programs that will help the client with what ever they may be going through. A social worker should be aware of the ecological factors that may be affecting the client. This will help the social worker be able to provide effective case plan. A child who is acting out sexually may be doing so to fill a void that was left by her father and if that is the case then the social worker being able to recognize and address that could be thebreakthrough in her treatment.

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