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PSYC101 Worksheet

Total Points possible:   100

Place your first and last name, student ID and the date of your worksheet completion in the spaces below.

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This worksheet is due by11:55pm ETSunday at the end ofWeek 6 of the course term
You may work on it ahead of its deadline but may not submit it prior to its assigned week. 

This worksheet requires unpacking the key elements of a published scholarly journal article and demonstrating APA source citation skills, activities you will engage in frequently in the completion of a variety of assignments including essays, research papers and literature reviews in future courses. 

To complete the worksheet, download and save a copy of it with your first and last name in the document title, answer the questions and attach your completed copy. 

Quoting is not permitted.  All answers must be written as paraphrases, meaning that you must restate what you read in your own words, with the exception of technical terms such as the names of diagnostic tests. You are not required to source credit the article in your answers to the Section I “Key Article Components” questions.  Section II, “Source citing and reference listing in APA format” is where you will demonstrate knowledge of how to correctly format source crediting in APA style.

Answers will be graded for accuracy, thoroughness, clarity and correct spelling and grammar.

No content of this document may be removed or reordered.  Answers must be inserted in the spaces provided.



1. Previous research and authors’ rationales for conducting their study
100 word minimum
After reading the article’s first five paragraphs, in the space below answer these two questions:  What previous research has been conducted on the article authors’ same or similar topics?  What were their explanations for why their study was needed?

2. Research method used
50 word minimum
In the space below, describe the type of research method that the article authors used in conducting their study and explain why it was well suited for an investigation of their topic (Ex:   individual or group interview, case study, laboratory controlled or naturalistic observation; administration of psychological tests).  Refer back to the course textbook chapter on research methods for a review of method types and their purposes. 

3. Participants involved in the study
100 word length minimum
In the space below, describe in narrative form (lists and sentence fragments cannot be used) the characteristics of the participants involved in the research study conducted by the article authors.  What was the number of persons who participated; where were they recruited from; what were the participant demographics; were any participant screening procedures conducted; what criteria were used to determine who participated in the study and who didn’t; were participants paid or did they receive any other type of compensation for being involved in the study; etc.
Note:   Some of the above information is provided in the article’s “Measures” section, so you will want to use both it and the “Participants and Procedures” sections to answer these questions.

4. Measures used
In the space below, list the measures used in the article authors’ study. 

5. Data analyses
In the space below, list the data analyses used to analyze the data gathered during the article authors’ study.  Note:  You don’t have to know how the analyses are conducted; only naming them is required here.

6. Study results
In the space below summarize the results of the study conducted by the article authors. 

7. Discussion
In the space below, summarize the conclusions reached by the authors in the final seven paragraphs of their article.   What were their interpretations of the study results?  What limitations of their study and needed future research did they note?


Tip:   If needed, examples of how to source credit in APA formatting style can be found in the Online Writing Lab, located   at

The authors of the article are: Weili Lu, Philip T. Yanos, Steven M. Silverstein, Kim T. Mueser, Stanley D. Rosenberg, Jennifer D. Gottlieb, Stephanie Marcello Duva, Thanuja Kularatne, Stephanie Dove-Williams, Danielle Paterno, Danielle Hawthorne, and Giovanna Giacobbe.

The article’s title is: Public Mental Health Clients with Severe Mental Illness and Probable Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Trauma Exposure and Correlates of Symptom Severity

The article was published in Volume 26, on pages 266-273, of the scholarly journal: Journal of Traumatic Stress

The article’s year date of publication was: 2013

1. Giving credit to published authors with in-text source citing
Which specific parts of the information above would you use for APA format source citing of the article in-text (meaning a citation that occurs within the body of one’s writing)? 

After answering the above question, show in the space below how you would format an in-text citation of the article to be in compliance with APA formatting rules.

2. Giving credit to published authors with a Reference listing
Which parts of the information provided would you use for listing the article in an APA format reference list (a list attached to the end of one’s writing, under the heading “References” that shows one or more publications used)?

After answering the above question, show in the space below, under the heading References , how you would reference list the information  in compliance with APA style rules as a reference (an article listing that would be attached to the end of one’s writing if one were using the article .


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