Psychology of aging

Portfolio Assignment 2 Peer Reviewed Article Review

GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging

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Please select one of the questions below as the focus of your assignment.

  1. What can be done to improve the quality of life or well-being of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias? Are there interventions that can be introduced into homes, assisted living facilities, or nursing homes, that improve quality of life or well-being for people with dementia?
  2. Does cognitive training lead to meaningful improvements in cognitive functions in healthy older adults? Can such training lead to meaningful improvements for older people diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment?
  3. Does providing psychological counseling to older adults who take care of family members with Alzheimer’s disease improve their depression? Is it possible for counseling to still be still be effective while people continue to endure high daily stress while providing care?
  4. What factors predict whether older people who die from cancer have a “good death”, e.g. being relatively free from pain and having their wishes met? Is hospice use associated with having a “good death”?
  5. Is a desire for hastened death (also known as assisted suicide, or aid in dying) associated with being depressed? Among people with a desire for hastened death, does treatment of depression diminish that desire to end their lives?

Using the topic you selected, identify a peer reviewed research article that is relevant to your topic. The article you identify might not address all of the questions included in the question but should be relevant to your specific question, not just an article in the general topic area. This should be an empirical article that reports on data collected from participants. It should NOT be a review article, systematic review, or meta-analysis, all of which do not include data collection from participants, and instead summarize research on a topic by reviewing multiple articles. You also cannot use a paper that is already assigned for the course. If you are unsure if the article you have chosen is an empirical article, or have other questions about whether the article is suitable, you can email it to me for a quick check at whaleyBY JULY 9. Do not email me an article without doing your best to see if it fits all of the criteria, including Impact Factor, date of publication, fitting one of the topics, and being an empirical paper.

In order to provide some assurance that this is actually a peer reviewed article, and to set a somewhat arbitrary quality threshold, the article should be included in the listing of ISI Web of Science journals, and should have been published in a journal with an Impact Factor of at least 2.0. The article should have been published in 2014 or later.

Your assignment should include:

  1. A cover page, stating the research question that you are addressing (from the list of five possible topics), the reference in APA format, and a link to the online source (be sure that the web link works), and the Impact Factor of the journal (state your source for this Impact Factor). We will review the use of Impact Factors and how to find them during class, but in brief, there are three ways to identify Impact Factors: a. Using the Web of Science page, b. Finding it on the journal web page, or 3. Doing a google search for “impact factor” and the name of the journal.

Then, in an essay of at least three full additional pages (no more than 5!), please

  1. Summarize the methodology and results of the article (each should be about ¾ a page, or 1.5 pages total)
  2. a) Discuss how highly you would rate the article on each element of the TRAAP Test (timeliness, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose, and rate each TRAAP topic on a scale of 1-5, with a 5 being best.
  3. ), b) a justification each rating, and c) any strengths or limitations on these points. You should also provide a general summary of the source based on these areas. Note that to address some of the elements of the TRAAP Test, you will have to do some additional research beyond what is in the article (e.g. to see if there are other versions available, to comment about the source). Please read the TRAAP test evaluating information guide at the bottom of this page to help you in this section of the assignment (note: the more you accurately address the key points of TRAAP guide, the better your grade can be!) Your review of the TRAAP test can be done in a ½ of a page.
  4. A statement about the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology of this journal article (at least half a page), and
  5. A summary of how well this article addresses the research question that is your focus (at least half a page).

Use APA format wherever this is relevant. You will not be graded on your use of APA format but you will receive feedback on this if you use it improperly

Outline (3-5 pages total NOT including the cover page):

  1. Cover page
    • State research question
    • Article reference in APA format
    • Link to online source (make sure link works)
    • Impact Factor of the journal
    • State your source for the Impact Factor
  2. Summarize methodology and results of article (1.5 pages)
    • About ¾ a page for the methodology (do not need specific details such as what statistical tests were used)
    • About ¾ a page for the results
  • TRAAP test (½ page)
    • Rate each TRAAP topic on a scale of 1-5, with a 5 being best
    • Justify each rating
    • Address strengths and limitations on these points
    • General summary sentence on source based on TRAAP topics
  1. Strengths and weaknesses of methodology (½ page)
    • At least ½ a page analyzing any strengths and weaknesses of the methodology of the journal article.
  2. Summary of how well it addresses question (½ page)
    • At least ½ a page addresses how well you think this article addresses the question you are focusing on.

Some Ground Rules:

  • The assignment should be typed in Word, double-spaced with one-inch margins, and use 12 point font. All assignments will be due by midnight of the due date. No exceptions. The due date for each assignment is listed on the detailed instructions for the portfolio in Canvas. You are responsible for keeping track of when the assignments are due and for submitting them on time. All assignments must be submitted via Canvas. I do not accept assignments via e-mail unless Canvas is no longer accepting submissions, or if I have given you the opportunity to rewrite your paper. If you are new to Canvas, I urge you to submit your assignments well before the deadline, so that you can get help from USF IT Help.
  • The assignment should be submitted through Canvas. You will find the links for assignments under “Assignments” on the left-hand side of your screen in Canvas.
  • As you complete the assignments for your portfolio, please try to avoid using stereotypes to describe older adults (e.g., all old people are bad drivers; all older adults are senile). You can identify the challenges associated with growing older but try to also focus on the positive aspects of aging. I probably do not have to tell you this but just in case… While you have a lot of freedom in completing the assignments, please do not hand in material that is offensive. I want you to have fun with this assignment but please be respectful in your writing and in the article that you choose to focus on.
  • Be a critical thinker as you explore information via the web. You will be exploring journal articles, but remember, the fact that it has been published does not make it true.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade for your portfolio project (see syllabus for details on my policy on academic dishonesty) and can lead to an FF in the course and even dismissal from the university. To avoid plagiarizing, you should: 1) write your own assignments, 2) give credit when citing information from other sources (lectures, textbook, websites, newspaper etc.) by including the name of the source in parentheses as part of the sentence, and 3) when citing information from other sources put the information in your own words. I highly recommend that you take notes when you read information, and write a draft without the source in front of you, to avoid unintentionally plagiarizing.
  • In some cases, at my discretion, I may deduct points for minor plagiarism. This will usually drop a grade on a paper by at least one letter grade. I may also allow a student to rewrite a paper that includes major plagiarism if I detect plagiarism that I believe is due to carelessness. If I do so, I may require the student to meet with me to review the paper. If I allow a rewrite, the student will receive a penalty of at least two letter grades. As part of this, the student may also be required to write a satisfactory essay on the topic of plagiarism. Failure to properly rewrite the paper or to write a satisfactory essay on plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment.
  • DO NOT USE LENGTHY OR FREQUENT QUOTATIONS FROM YOUR SOURCES! In the past I have had a number of students who do not do the hard work of paraphrasing, or putting information into their own words. Their papers read like a “patchwork of quotations” instead of a paper based on original work and thought. I know that students do this to technically avoid plagiarism, but it is terrible writing! As you read research articles throughout the semester, you will see that these articles rarely use quotes. Because this is such a frequent problem, I am going to set an arbitrary limit of ten words being within quotation marks within a paper. Any more than this will lead to lowered grades. The best papers will have NO quoted material. Part of what you must learn to develop your writing is to paraphrase, which requires understanding the material enough to do so.
  • Please note: Your grade will be based both on the content (ability to follow directions) and quality of your work. Be sure to be careful with your writing. Avoid errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You should start with an outline, write several drafts and proofread your work. Use professional language, not slang. I have found that many students have trouble with use of apostrophes. Here is a quick guide you can use as a resource: (Links to an external site.) One great resource that students have at USF is the Writing Center: (Links to an external site.) If you think you could use help with your writing, make an appointment with them early in the semester. I will provide extensive feedback on the Portfolio papers, and may advise you to seek additional training on your writing if I see problems and concerns.
  • If your submission is too short you risk losing points for not being thorough. I suggest that you be sure to submit papers that fit at least the minimum length specified, both for the overall paragraph and for the individual elements.

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