The exposure and outcome variables will be based on the research topic you selected in Week Four.  The research report that you will create for your Final Paper from this data analysis should contain the following sections:

Introduction: Provide a clear, comprehensive, and detailed introduction and background for the issue to be considered using current literature and previous research. This section will deliver all relevant information necessary for a full understanding of the topic, and should contain a succinct thesis statement that describes the purpose of the study.

Literature Review: Provide a clear and comprehensive review of the literature for your chosen topic. The literature should provide details of what has been done in this area of research from a minimum of five scholarly sources that were published within the last five years, not including the textbook.  The literature review should show any gaps in the literature on the current subject.

Methods:  Create a brief description of the data set used and how data was collected.  Since secondary data is being used, utilize the CDC’s 2011 YRBS Data User’s Guide for documentation about the data that was collected.  Clearly state the research questions that you are using for your study as well as the hypothesis you are researching for your Final Paper.  You must describe how the data was analyzed, identify what questions from the survey were used to answer the research question(s) you posed, and explain which statistical tests you used to answer the research question(s).

Results:  Present and interpret your results on the following research questions for the selected topic:

  • Assess the sample population for the variables related to your research question and the following demographic variables: age, gender, race, and grade.
  • Determine the frequency distribution of your outcome variable, and the cross-tabulation of your outcome variable by gender, race, grade, and age.
  • Determine the prevalence of males and females for the exposure and outcome variables. Are there any statistically significant differences between males and females?
  • Determine the prevalence of exposure and outcome variables by grade, race, and age. Are there any statistically significant differences?
  • Determine which demographic variables are significant predictors of the outcome variable. Determine if there are other statistically significant risk factors for the outcome variable. Do these other risk factors remain significant if you adjust for gender, race, grade, and age?

Discussion: Provide a summary and interpretation of the key research findings. You will need to use previous research to compare and contrast findings and draw conclusions from these findings. Additionally, discuss implications of the research findings as well as the limitations of the research study, and provide suggestions for future research studies. This section must conclude with a statement that reaffirms the thesis/study purpose.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding title, reference, and abstract pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must contain an abstract that is 250 words or less.
  3. 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
  4. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  5. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  6. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  7. Must use at least 10 scholarly sources that were published within the last five years, excluding your course textbook. 

Upon acceptance of this assignment I will provide the bibliography with resources and additional documentation to assist with completion.

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