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What method or methods were used to address/answer the research question?

*****You must write the student name on the replies ***so I know which reply goes to who*****Reply 200 words***  for each reply . Critique these students’ critiques. Do the students’ critiques seem appropriate? Are there more research issues that can be or need to be considered? If so, what additional research considerations are worth adding? Are there considerations from a biblical perspective? If you choose to use the questions in either your thread or replies, they cannot be counted towards your total word count.

Here are examples of the kinds of issues/features you might critique:

What was the question being answered or addressed by this research report?

What method or methods were used to address/answer the research question?

How appropriate and effective the methods seem to be.

Are there legal concerns?

Are there ethical concerns?

Is the research report intended to be generalized? If so, can these results be appropriately generalized to a broader population?

Are there issues related to validity or reliability, and if so, how are these issues addressed?

Any other issues that you would like to address.

You do not need to write about all of the examples above; this list is to give you an idea as to how to begin. You may also write about other issues as well.

***** Student Kel ****

The documentary series Explained touches on many different topics of real-life issues. In the episode “Monogamy”, Netflix Studios questioned many different individuals on the past, present and future views of love, marriage and monogamy. One of the main questions that the documentary attempted to provide support for is that, in today’s society when monogamy is described as being such a difficult goal to obtain, why do most human beings make it such an ultimate goal in their lives? Using non-experimental research techniques in order to expand on this subject, the production team conversed with several authors, including a historian and Professor of Family Studies and a Professor of Psychology, and an advice columnist and LGBT community activist. Also interviewed was a panel of ten real life couples of different races, cultures, ages and orientations. The questions asked included how did that person or couple view love? What did they think of monogamy? Is love, marriage and monogamy all intertwined, or can you have one or two without the other(s)? The session also included documented quantitative research of statistics and gathered information from several biologists and other scientists, such as the current census of marriage in comparison with divorce. Using an ethnographical approach the documentary series went into detail describing some cultures that embrace non-monogamy traditions, such as in a Venezuelan tribe known as the Bari people, and compared it to the traditional views of monogamy found in the United States. One issue the documentary did not consider was that from the religious side that support the idea of monogamy and their stance on the research. Such as in 1 Corinthians 7:2, “But since there is so much sexual sin, each man should have his own wife. And each woman should have her won husband” (New International Reader’s Version). 

Netflix Studios, LLC. (Director). (2018). Monogamy. [Series episode] In R. Chakraborty (Producer), Explained. Available from http://www.netflix.com/watch/80243754

********Student Tan 2*****

The media presentation that used research was from a documentary presented by Frontline and shown on PBS. The title Medicating Kids was about how more and more children are prescribed psychoactive drugs in today’s society for ADD and ADHD. The presentation focuses on how the family, doctors, schools, insurance, and drug manufacturers are all involved (Gaviria & Smith, 2001).

Research Question 

The main point of the documentary is why these drugs are being used and how safe are they to the children. Another point discussed was how the laws of education boosted the sale of the drugs by adding ADD and ADHD to the list of Special Education (Gaviria & Smith, 2001). 

Case Study

The documentary by Gaviria & Smith (2001) studied four different children with attention issues. The data was collected from multiple sources to determine if drugs were needed and what kind. The presentation proceeded to discuss the effects of the drugs not only related to the child but also to the families.

Sources used. Observations of the children were the first sources used. This was accomplished by videotaping them at school, at outside activities, and at home. Then interviews with the teachers and the parents were conducted. The children were then interviewed by a psychologist followed by the parents completing the Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales that consisted of questions relating to 28 behaviors (Gaviria & Smith, 2001).

Effectiveness of the Methods

The case study was effective because it provided vital information needed to determine if medication was needed and what kind would be appropriate for each individual child or case. Most of the parents tried different ways to help their child before consulting with a psychologist.

Ethical Issues

In my opinion, the documentary was close to having ethical issues because of the videotaping at the school and at the outside activities. The video showed other children performing daily tasks as well as the child that was being observed. This could present a problem respecting the rights of the other children and possibly present legal issues as well. The authors did not say if permission was granted from the other children’s parents to include them in the presentation.

Additional Issues

One issue that I thought was interesting was that in the documentary it included interviews with psychologists who were being paid by the pharmaceutical companies to promote ADHD. The doctors were also taking gifts such as hot air balloon rides and free samples to change their opinions of the disorder in order to boost the sale of the drugs. I do not understand how this could be a legal practice. In my opinion, this is walking a fine line involving not only legal issues but ethical issues as well for the doctors. As for Frontline, could the doctors involved consider legal action because the documentary attacked their integrity?

Gaviria, M. & Smith, M. (2001). Medicating kids. Documentary. Frontline. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/showsmedicating

 

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