Sample Psychology Paper on a Journal Article Review (JAR1)

Learning Objectives
Critically review and evaluate quantitative research.
Search for and explore peer-reviewed counselling quantitative research articles; synthesize and critique selected studies’ findings.
Demonstrate elementary research design skills.
Proficiently apply and discuss course concepts.
The purpose of an article review is to communicate the main points of a study and to discuss the implications, strengths and weaknesses of the design. The review is not meant to re-iterate the details of the study nor to paraphrase each point; instead, it should summarize and discuss the study. These assignments are an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the course concepts. For this paper, write in the third person; the idea is always to remain neutral, objective, and personally uninvolved.

Complete a Journal Article Review (JAR1) using this JAR1 Template. The article you choose to review, will, ideally, contribute to the selection and development of your final paper topic. Locate ONE quantitative journal article related to counselling from scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles (published within the last 10 years) available online. You may search for your article via the Yorkville Library or through other online scholarly search engines or databases, such as Google Scholar, ERIC, BASE, PsyINFO, PubMed Health.

For JAR1, the research design must be quantitative. Quantitative research design uses deductive reasoning. The purpose of quantitative research is to test hypotheses, look at cause and effect, and to make predictions. Quantitative data analysis is based on precise measurements using structured and validated data-collection instruments. The final research report for a quantitative study is a statistical report with correlations, comparisons of means, and the statistical significance of findings as is appropriate to the particular design of the study. For JAR1, the research method, data analysis (statistics), and results should be clearly discussed.

For the quantitative JAR1 assignment, please use the third person point of view. According to APA, most formal writing, including APA papers, uses the third person point of view. Third person makes ideas sound less subjective since it removes direct reference to the writer. It also creates a more generalized statement (APA, 2020, p. 120).

Note: Meta-Analysis, Systematic Review, Pilot studies, mixed methods, and Single-subject case studies are not permitted.

Required components: Title page, Abstract, and Reference page
Length of Assignment: The text body of paper (i.e., excluding title page, abstract, and references) should consist of approximately 750 words (3-4 pages), double-spaced typed pages, Times New Roman font size: 12).
Format: Please, format your assignment in Word (files with extension .doc or .docx).
References: at least one (quantitative) scholarly peer-reviewed journal article related to your topic in counselling.
The quantitative article selected for review should align with your Final Paper Topic Declaration.

Any sources used to support your written narrative should be cited using correct APA format. Although Wikipedia can be a useful starting place to gather very general information no Wikipedia references will be accepted as scholarly citations.

Use the Yorkville University Library and the EBSCO tool for academic search. It is important to select credible sources for assignments. This resource will assist students in determining which sources are credible:


For assistance with writing, grammar, and other writing resources such as APA, please visit the Studiosity link.

Submission Notes
Please do not email your submissions to your professor, either before or after the due date; all coursework should be submitted through the online course (Moodle).

Please review the instructions for Submitting Turnitin Assignments found in Module 2 of the MACP Student Orientation.
Please review the instructions for Reviewing Feedback in Turnitin found in Module 2 of the MACP Student Orientation.
The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment, and how the professor will weigh these components relative to one another.

Criteria % of Final Grade
1. Met Assignment Requirements (40%)
a. selected appropriate topic /10
b. selected appropriate quantitative article and reviewed completely /30
2. Writing Quality (15%)
a. material is organized in a manner that is logical and easy to follow /5
b. APA style applied appropriately to references /5
c. attention paid to grammar, spelling, etc. /5
3. Mastery of Material / Comprehensiveness (45%)
a. indicates understanding of research methodology factors /15
b. scope of the discussion of methodological factors /15
c. evidence of insight and synthesis of ideas from various parts of the course /15