PCN 540 Week 2 Research Question

| November 28, 2015

This assignment is one in a progression of assignments that will move you toward your final research proposal. Refer to the Final Research Proposal document for information about the final proposal.


Utilizing the same type of treatment that you began researching in Topic 1 (i.e., individual treatment, group treatment, or family treatment with male adolescents who have received a diagnosis of conduct disorder), write a paper (500-750 words) addressing the following:


  1. Identify one research question that you would like to explore in your final project that is related to this type of treatment (individual, group, or family therapy) for conduct disorder. For example, you might be interested in evaluating the client’s perceptions of the treatment process and/or the outcome of the treatment experience, or comparing an outcome of this type of treatment with that of another form of treatment (e.g., military-type boot camps, peer-support groups, multifamily versus single-family therapy).
  1. Identify who you would like to include as the sample in your study. How would you identify them, select them, and assure compliance with ethical expectations regarding informed consent?
  1. Identify your dependent variable(s) and the measure(s) you would use to evaluate the variable(s). Describe and explain why you are selecting them. What is the known reliability and validity of the measure(s)? If not known, how would you go about developing your own measure(s) and assessing the measurement reliability and some form(s) of validity? (Hint: Measuring behaviors and using tools that have been in prior research are good ways to offer replication with a change in some variable that adds to the understanding of the area in question.)

Include at least two scholarly references in addition to the textbook in your paper.


Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

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