a. Background Information: What is the topic you have selected and why
did you select the topic? What is the topic about? Discuss historic and
current perspectives of topic. Provide information about the prevalence of
the issue and provide statistics. Provide definition of terms that are
needed or where appropriate. How does the issue affect individuals and
society (effects on the dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional,
environmental, social, cultural, vocational, etc)? How do individuals,
society and systems (policies, politics, health agencies, education, etc.)
address the issue? Your background information is strengthened when
you use a combination of resources such as peer-reviewed articles (use at
least 3) and other resources (at least 3 others: books, websites, agencies,
newspaper & magazine articles, etc.) to provide some background
information about the issue.
b. Theoretical Perspective: The recommended theoretical perspective is
the socio-ecological perspective. However, you can use a theory that
you are familiar with. You could also identify one from the research articles
c. Purpose: The purpose of the paper indicates what you are trying to find
out or understand. You will be specifically trying to understand something
interesting or significant about the person you interviewed. (e.g. The
purpose of the paper is to understand the emotional and psychological toll
on women with Bulimia)
a. Research Method: Indicate that this is a retrospective, qualitative study
that uses an interview technique.
b. Institutional Review Board: Indicate that you completed a human
subject’s approval form and that you got approval from your professor.
c. Participant Selection: Indicate how & where you identified and selected
the person that you interviewed.
d. Instrument: Indicate the instrument you used (e.g. a form that gathered
demographic information? a series of open-ended interview questions?
Indicate that the interview is based on X number of interview questions (it
is recommended that you have at least 2), a survey? A self-reflection?
e. Analyses: Indicate how data were analyzed (e.g. recorded, transcribed,
themes identified & interpreted
i. E.g. To better understand what women with Bulimia are going
through, a review of relevant literature was conducted, therefore,
research articles, reports, media resources and an interview of a
person with Bulimia was conducted.
ii. Women in their mid-thirties with the disorder bulimia nervosa were
identified through the snowball technique and were approached to
participate in the study. The women completed an informed
consent prior to participation and were asked to complete a
demographic and health history intake sheet. After completion of
the intake form, the women were interviewed using 10 questions
developed through the about the health issue. The questions are
were derived from reviewing the literature.
3. Results should provide information about the data that was collected and
analyzed. What was found from the conducted research? Examples of what can
be included in the results are:
a. How many people were interviewed?
b. How long did the interviews last?
c. Summarize the demographic information (age, race/ethnicity, education,
children, and pregnancy).
d. Then, provide a write-up about your findings from your interview.
e. What meaningful patterns and themes were identified? What do they
f. Some quantitative analysis tools include: Descriptive statistics: mean,
mode, median; inferential statistics: T-test, ANOVA, MANOVA, CHI-tests,
4. Discussion evaluates your interview and how it relates to the literature and
surrounding environment. I recommend you discuss how the health issue is
affected/shaped by the determinants of health, dimensions of health and socioecological factors.
a. Person (individual demographic: age, education, economic status)
b. Physical Environment (biological, genetic, clinical health)
c. Social and cultural environment (religion, faith, culture, policies, laws, etc.)
d. Dimensions of Health: Physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social,
cultural, vocational, etc.
a. Is the interview reflective of the literature reviewed? Did it match what you
found in the research/literature?
b. Therefore, was the interview in line with what researchers know about the
topic? Were there differences? Why do you think that is?
a. Should attempt to do APA style citation.
b. Please have at least 5 peer reviewed articles and at least 2 other scholarly
c. Make sure references are cited in-text (please be consistent)
d. Please make sure you have a reference page at the end of the paper.
Everything above plus option 1
Write a research paper that is at least (>5) pages that is supported by at least three
peer reviewed articles about the health issue (no older than 10 years) and incorporate
other reference/resources as well.
1. Introduction: a. Background Information: What is the topic you have selected