ABS497 Final Paper

ABS497 Final Paper

Imagine that you are a researcher and are conducting a study to investigate a community problem. Using behavioral research principles, select a macro systems problem to investigate (there are many suggested in the textbook, e.g. domestic violence, homophobia, sexual abuse, delinquent gangs) and design a study to solve this community problem.

The purpose of your Final Paper is to solve this community problem.

The Final Paper should be eight- to- ten pages (excluding title and reference pages) that includes the following components:
(Please note that for the purposes of offering instruction, examples have been given below about a research study involving the use of financial reward programs to combat truancy. Please make sure that you create a study that does not investigate the same content.)

  1. Introduction – This section should include a brief summary of the community problem that will be addressed, as well as the approach that will be used to investigate and solve the problem.
  2. Statement of the problem – The purpose of this section is to specify the main research question (e.g., Does enrollment in a financial reward program reduce truancy?) and define the community problem in more depth (e.g., truancy), analyzing why it is a problem. In addition, you will explain the problem-solving method you plan to employ (e.g., enrollment in a financial reward program) and state your main hypothesis. (e.g., Enrollment in a financial reward program is expected to reduce student truancy in the short term, but its long-term effects are difficult to predict.)
  3. Literature Review – In this section, research findings pertaining to both the community problem and problem solving method need to be illustrated. (e.g., Relevant articles may include those on the prevalence of truancy, the impact of truancy, previous methods used to combat truancy, and the benefits of financial reward programs.)
  4. Methodology – Explain how your Final Paper will investigate the problem. How will the study be designed? How many participants will be involved in the study and how will they be recruited? (e.g., Four classes at a local high school will be given the opportunity to participate in the research study. Two of these classes will be enrolled in the financial reward program.) How will data be collected? (e.g., Truancy data will be collected on all of the participants for the six months preceding the reward program, for the duration of the program, and for the six months after completion of the reward program.) What statistics will be used to evaluate the data? (e.g., Inferential statistics will be conducted to compare the truancy levels of the group of students participating in the program with those of the group of students who are not participating in the program.)  Ethical considerations should be discussed to ensure that no unethical research is suggested.
  5. Conclusions – This section should contain concluding remarks about any potential problems that might be encountered in conducting this research study. It should also include speculations on the potential results of the study.


Writing the Final PaperThe Final Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
    6. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
    7. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
    8. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
    9. Must use at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford Online Library.
    10. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    11. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.




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The problems within the community are amid the most upsetting and worrying features of the contemporary society. There is also some importance of these problems from psychological aspect as well. The problems of the community have a great importance because these affect the people of community to a great extant. The people of all age are affected equally i.e. rich, poor, old, young, female and male etc. There are numerous problems which exist within communities. Some of those problems hold communities together and some of them slash them apart. Some of the factors which affect the communities are based on racial, language and color background. Most of the problems of the communities are solvable or at least they are improvable. Problems of the communities are the opportunities to create some good things to occur and these problems are also challenges to be faced and solved (Arriaga, 1998). There are numerous problems that exists within the society or community such as delinquency, racism, domestic violence, alcoholism, unemployment, homelessness, bullying and drug use etc.

I have chosen “Racism” which an important problem that exists within our community. Racism is the problem of primary concern as we all have witnessed it within our communities in which people of different races live together. Racism was created socially by people depending on how they distinguish ideas and faces to which they are not familiar. Racism…


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