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Read one of the articles listed below based on the topic of research you selected in Week 1.

Childhood diabetes
Cammarata, C., Meyer, K. J., Geffken, G., Felipe, D., et al. (2009). Psychosocial issues that affect youth with diabetes. American Journal of Health Education40(5), 277–281. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Alcohol use in adolescents
Chuang, Y.-C., Ennett, S. T., Bauman, K. E., & Foshee, V. A. (2009). Relationships of adolescents’ perceptions of parental and peer behaviors with cigarette and alcohol use in different neighborhood contexts. Journal of Youth and Adolescence38, 1388–1398. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Skin cancer in young women
Pettijohn, T. F., , II, Pettijohn, T. F., & Geschke, K. S. (2009). Changes in sun tanning attitudes and behaviors of U.S. college students from 1995 to 2005. College Student Journal43(1), 161–165. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Cardiovascular disease in the minority population
Graham-Garcia, J., Raines, T. L., Andrews, J. O.,, & Mensah, G. A. (2001). Race, ethnicity, and geography: Disparities in heart disease in women of color. Journal of Transcultural Nursing12, 56–67. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Childhood immunizations
Findley, S. E., Irigoyen, M., Sanchez, M., Stockwell, M. S., et al. (2008). Effectiveness of a community coalition for improving child vaccination rates in New York City. American Journal of Public Health98, 1959–1962. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Long-term care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease
McClendon, M. J, Smyth, K. A., & Neundorfer, M. M. (2006). Long-term-care placement and survival of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. The Journals of Gerontology , 61B(4), 220-227. (see your week 2 resources area to view the article).

Cultural impact of posttraumatic stress disorder
Nayback, A.-M. (2008). Health disparities in military veterans with PTSD: Influential sociocultural factors. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services46(6), 43–51. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Privacy with electronic health records
Dimitropoulos, L., & Rizk, S. (2009). A state-based approach to privacy and security for interoperable health information exchange. Health Affairs28, 428–434. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

To complete this Application Assignment, write a 2- to 4-page paper answering the following questions:

Abstract and Citation

  • Did the title assist in identifying whether the article would pertain to your research topic? Why?
  • Does the abstract clearly summarize the main features of the article? How?

Research Question

  • Is the research problem easy to identity? Summarize the research problem.
  • What is the specific research question being asked?
  • Is the article relevant to the research question you developed? Why or why not?


  • Was the article a primary or secondary source?


  • How many references does it include?
  • Are the references relevant and current for your research topic? Why or why not?


  • What is the base perspective of the article? In other words, is it from the point of view of an administrator, health care provider, health care deliverer, politician, researcher, or educator?
  • Is the article well-organized and sufficiently detailed for critical analysis? Provide an example.
  • Describe the various sections of the article. Does it follow the standard scientific method? Why or why not?

Study Findings

  • Do the study findings appear to be trustworthy? Why or why not?
  • Does the article provide suggestions for additional research? Please explain.

Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Pocket Guide to APA Style to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct.

Learning Resources

Required Resources


  • Webinar: Searching Strategies
    Available at

    This Walden Library Webinar will provide advanced searching strategies—such as subject indexes, Boolean searching, and citation tools—to assist you in completing this week’s Discussion and Application Assignment. The Webinars Introduction to the Walden University and Evaluating Online Resources are also available for supplemental review.


  • Course Text:Research Techniques for the Health Sciences
    • Chapter 3, “Critical Review of the Literature and Information Sources”

      Chapter 3 provides methods for critically reviewing the literature and other information sources. It will step you through the review process, from reading the background information to finding shortcuts to determining the level of evidence.

  • McClendon, M. J, Smyth, K. A., & Neundorfer, M. M. (2006). Long-term-care placement and survival of persons with Alzheimer’s diseaseThe Journals of Gerontology , 61B(4), 220-227 
    Long-term-care placement and survival of persons with Alzheimer’s disease by McClendon, M. J, Smyth, K. A., & Neundorfer, M. M. in The Journals of Gerontology, 61B(4).  Copyright 2006 by the Gerontology Society of America. Reprinted by permission of the Gerontology Society of America via the Copyright Clearance Center

Web Sites

  • Walden University Library: Search the Databases

    The two Web pages above provide a solid foundation of knowledge to search and evaluate the literature in the Walden University Library. Review the page links on both Web sites.

  • National Institutes of Health: Types of Grants Programs: Research Grants

    The National Institutes for Health provide research grants for a variety of individuals and organizations. Review this Web site for possible areas of funding for your proposed research.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Grants/What We Fund

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the areas of building human capital, childhood obesity, coverage, pioneer, public health, quality/equality, and vulnerable populations. Review the Web site for possible areas of funding for your proposed research.


    This Web site assists researchers to locate grants offered by the U.S. government. Review the Web site for possible areas of funding for your proposed research.

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

    DARPA is the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense. It funds research in the areas of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neuroscience, and more. Review the Web site for possible areas of funding for your proposed research.

Optional Resources


Web Sites


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