Question:Hi so I"m in the middle of writing a research paper and I wanted to know could someone help me with a better idea of a proposed study about effects of postpartum depression in women. i started my method section but I'm kind of stuck because I don't know where to go with it or what type of survey to give these mothers. I'm just making stuff up and could someone please bring just a little bit of structure to what I have already or just elaborate more to what I have. Below is what I have already and I'm not sure if it all makes sense. Please help!
Participants in this study included 25 expectant mothers and 25 mothers who had just delivered their new born less than 1 month prior. Participants were all between the ages of 21 and 40. All participants in this study were volunteers. Some participants were recruited from Houston Methodist Hospital by signing up on a sheet posted on the hospital welcome board and by convenience sampling. In exchange for their participation, the mothers were given gift cards to Target, Walmart and Babies R Us. The time commitment to this study was about 25 minutes.
The research design of this study was non-experimental and correlational as it studied the relationship between the presence of postpartum depression and what is seen as "normal" nurturing parenting. The variables in this study were, mothers age, economic situation personal or family history of mental disorders and family dysfunction.
As members arrived they were requested to grab a chair and sign two informed consent forms. One was to be turned into the researcher and one was to be kept for the participant. After obtaining informed consent, the researcher gave each participant a survey packet and explained that they may cease participation at any time. The researcher then asked the participants to please read the directions carefully and fill out both the demographic and postpartum questions of the survey to the best of their ability.