Project #93137 - Research and Sociology

Due in 7 hours. A total of 800 words

Evaluating a Research Report


Research is an essential ingredient in the scholar practitioner model. Without research, it would be impossible to determine which counseling approaches are most appropriate for particular issues or for particular groups of people. However, regardless of the quality of a research effort, the manner in which the information is reported can determine if the information ever reaches the world of practice.


The development of a quality research report requires an extensive knowledge of the research process and the ability to relate complex information in a clear and logical fashion. In this Discussion, you evaluate the strengths and limitations of a completed research report/dissertation.


With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the report/dissertation that you selected from the Learning Resources. Be sure to include the research question and a basic description of the results. Then, post an evaluation of the report in terms of format and common errors.

At least 250 words.

  • Learning Resources


    • Course Text: Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Chapter 16, "Developing a Research Report"

Dissertation: K'Solito, T. (2009). Cognitive behavioral techniques used to complement medication for improved pain control in cancer treatment (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 3366535)

    • Dissertation: Kelley, W. D. (2009). The effectiveness of Reiki as a complement to traditional mental health services (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 3371250)
    • Thesis: Luck, T. T. (2009). The effect of personality characteristics and various aspects of genetic counseling on compassion fatigue, satisfaction, and burnout (Master's thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 1467461)
    • Thesis: Devine, J. (2009). The effect of equine assisted psychotherapy on coping resiliency (Master's thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 1465628)



The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against individuals who are aged 40 and older. This law acknowledges that age discrimination is a violation of an individual’s civil rights. Aging is inevitable and ADEA addresses the needs of older individuals who need access to opportunities for gainful employment. Consider what this law does and what aspects of employment it covers.

After reading Chapters 8 and 9 in your textbook and reviewing the information available on the “
Age Discrimination Fact Sheet” to prepare for this discussion, please address each of the following:

  1. Describe what ADEA means in terms of what employers can and cannot do when interviewing, hiring, promoting, and firing older employees. How does this assist older employees? How does this impact younger workers?
  2. In your informed opinion, was ADEA a logical policy response to age discrimination? Explain your answer.
  3. Are there still ways that age discrimination can occur despite the existence of ADEA? Elaborate upon your response.
  4. Explain how ADEA impacts you life (if you are aged 40 and older) or explain how you expect ADEA to impact your life (if you are less than 40 years of age).
  5. Has there been a change in the way that older Americans are perceived following the passage of ADEA? If not, why do you believe this is? If so, what are some examples of the changes in perceptions of older Americans?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.

A growing number of American employees are having to care for their elderly parents. Caregiving may include taking extended periods of time off from work. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 addresses this need by providing some employees with up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year without fear of losing their jobs.

After reviewing the required resources for this discussion, please address each of the following questions:

  1. How has the passage of FMLA impacted the older population in the United States?
  2. How has FMLA reduced the challenges and stress associate with caregiving?
  3. How has FMLA not relieved the stress of caregiving?
  4. How has FMLA impacted your life?
  5. How might the U.S. government encourage more support for the caregivers of the elderly?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.

  1. Social Gerontology: Issues & Prospects
    1. Chapter 8: Work, Retirement, and Leisure
    2. Chapter 9: Economic Security, Public Policy, and Politics


  1. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (n. d.). Age discrimination [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from
    (Review this information in order to prepare for this week’s discussion, “Age Discrimination.”)


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