What type of research design is used in the study? What instruments or measures did the researchers use to collect data? An observation design and a correlation design were used in this study. The authors are not specific on what instruments or measures they used to collect data for this study. The article states that the study is “based on the results of a study of 400 problem children who were under observation at the Child Guidance Home…”
Do you think the research in this article was conducted in an ethical manner? Why or why No, I do not believe this research was conducted in an ethical manner. The authors only included white children in the study. Being that this article was written in 1943, this may not have been an ethical concern at the time. Research Design After reviewing these articles, I found that several studies have explored how physical abuse during childhood affects a person’s personality; however few researchers have focused on the correlation between sexual abuse in childhood and violent criminal behavior in adulthood. “Are children who experience sexual abuse more likely to develop a violent personality in adulthood?” For my study, I will use a correlation design using questionnaires. Participants will be recruited from various prisons and communities using flyers. If the participants meet the criteria of the study, then they will continue on. I will choose random participants for my study. Participant ages will range in age from 18 years old to 65 years old. For my research group, I will use 100 men and women of different ethnicities who were sexually abused as a child and who are currently incarcerated for various violent crimes. For my control group, I will use 100 men and women of different ethnicities who were sexually abused as a child and who have no record of violent acts. All of the participants will be given questionnaires that will assess the type of abuse
suffered, the extent of the abuse that was suffered, how long the abuse lasted, and what relationship the participants had with the abuser. I will use the questionnaires to find a correlation between sexual abuse in childhood and violent personality in adulthood. Participation will be on a voluntary basis only. All of the participants will be provided with informed consent and will be made aware that all personal information they provide will remain confidential. The participants can excuse themselves from the study at any time, for any reason.
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