Critique of “Perceptions About Risk for Hiv/Aids Among Adolescents in Juvenile Detention”

1771 Words Apr 25th, 2011 8 Pages
According to Polit (2010), “a research critique is a careful and objective appraisal of a study’s strengths and limitations” (p. 95). Though this article may be suitable to be referenced by another, it in itself is a rather poor depiction of its title. A thorough review and critique of the qualitative study “Perceptions About Risk for HIV/AIDS Among Adolescents in Juvenile Detention,” was accomplished using the guidelines set forth in Polit. The following critique covers the areas of title, abstract, introduction, method, results, and discussion.
Research Article Critique
Title
The title of this article is straight forward and clear. It is effective in describing what the article is about in less than fifteen words. One criticism
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The participants received verbal and written explanations of the research to be conducted. The article states the participants were told the project was being done to learn what health professionals and adults need to know to help teenagers. There is no mention of the topic of the article, AIDS and HIV, included in this section. The researchers did tape-record some of the conversations they had with the study participants upon receiving their approval. It is unclear in the article the significance of the tape-recorded conversations (Anderson, Nyamathi, McAvoy, Conde, and Casey, 2001).
Results
The section, findings, typically relates the results of the analysis of research data (Polit & Beck, 2010). Overall, this section includes irrelevant data and some misplaced data. The findings section of this paper includes subsections appropriate to the title of the paper and subsections of interesting information not pertaining to the title of the paper. The appropriate results sections include: Perceptions about HIV/AIDS, Promiscuous Behavior, Protection and Getting Tested, and Relationships and Trust. The results sections not relating to the title include: Doing Time, Reliving Past Experiences, and Planning the Future. A more appropriate placement of a section at the end of the paper, Planning Relevant AIDS Education for Adolescents, repositions it to the conclusion of the findings section. The

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