Parents' Use of Praise and Criticism in a Sample of Young Children Seeking Mental Health Services by Belcher, Budhathoki, Gross, Ho, Swenson, and Tucker, published in 2015. article

Parents’ Use of Praise and Criticism in a Sample of Young Children Seeking Mental Health Services by Belcher, Budhathoki, Gross, Ho, Swenson, and Tucker, published in 2015. article

  • Was the design experimental, quasi-experimental, or nonexperimental? What specific design was used?
    • Was this a cause-probing study?
    • Given the type of question (therapy, prognosis, etc.), was the most rigorous possible design used?
  • What type of comparison was called for in the research design?
    • Was the comparison strategy effective in illuminating key relationships?
  • If the study involved an intervention, were the intervention and control conditions adequately described?
    • Was blinding used, and if so, who was blinded?
    • If not, is there a good rationale for failure to use blinding?
    • Was attention paid to intervention fidelity?
  • What are the threats to the study’s internal validity?
    • Does the design enable the researcher to draw causal inferences about the relationship between the independent variable and the outcome?
  • What are the major limitations of the design used?
    • Are these limitations acknowledged by the researcher and taken into account in interpreting results?
    • What can be said about the study’s external validity?
 
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