Research Critique Paper

For this assignment, students will critique a quantitative OR a qualitative research article. Select one article from the list in CanvasWeek 10, or you may select a different study approved by the instructor for the critique assignment. Use the guidelines in the textand other resources from the course (Cathala & Moorley, 2018; Coughlan et al., 2007; Moorley & Cathala, 2019; Ryan et al., 2007) to set Benchmarks to critique the research study. Cite the benchmark source for each area of the critique and describe how the study authorsmet or did not meet the benchmark criteria listed below. Use the appropriate criteria for the type of study: qualitative or quantitative.


Article: Pearson, R. M., Heron, J., Melotti, R., Joinson, C., & Evans, J. (2012). The impact of alcohol use during pregnancy on maternal responses after birth.Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 15(6), 433-443.

Assignment Criteria:

Develop a scholarly paper that addresses the following criteria:1. Identify an area of clinical interest.2. Locate at least one peer-reviewed journal article (no older than five years) related to your clinical topic of interest. Do notuse a meta-analysis or systematic review.3. Critique the journal article, fully answering the questions in the table below.4. The scholarly paper should be in narrative format, 4  excluding the title and reference page.5. Include an introductory paragraph, a purpose statement, and a conclusion.6. Include level 1 and 2 headings to organize the paper.7. Write the paper in the third person, not the first person (meaning do not use ‘we’ or ‘I’) and in a scholarly manner. To clarify: I, we,you, me, our may not be used. In addition, describing yourself as the researcher or the author should not be used.8. Include at least one professional peer-reviewed scholarly journal reference to support the paper and a secondbenchmark peer-reviewed source (it may be a textbook or other journal article) and be less than five (5) years old.9. APA format (attention to spelling/grammar, a title page, a reference page, and in-text citations) is required.10. Submit the assignment to Turnitin before the final submission, review the originality report, and make any needed changes11. Submit by the posted due date.12. Format the critique paper using the IMRaD format with level 1 and level 2 headings as designated in the grid below:Introduction to the paper with a purpose statement

Level 1 Heading: Introduction       

Level 2 Headings Content questions to address with quality benchmark citationsResearch: What is the research problem?

Problems: Does the problem build a persuasive argument for the new study?Is the problem statement easy to locate?Research Questions and Hypotheses: What are the research questions and hypothesis?Do the hypothesis state a predicted relationship between two or more variables?


Level 1 Heading – Methods


Level 2 Heading – Ethical Aspects of a Study

Was the study approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board, Research




Level 1 Heading Discussion

Level 2 Heading Findings

What limitations do the authors discuss? What other limitations that may affect internal validity do you find in the study?Are the findings the authors present directly related to the results from the data in the study?

Clinical Practice: Did the researchers discuss the study’s implications for clinical practice or future research, and if so, were the implications grounded in the study evidence and in evidence from earlier research?

Summarize the overall quality of the critiqued paper according to the benchmark quality sources cited.