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PSYCH 141- Riggs

Learn to find and cite appropriate sources for the literature review portion of your assignment
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What You Need To Do

Your assignment is to conduct a correlational study. You will compare various cultural groups and look for a relationship between two variables.

The first variable is a main topic of your choosing – for example, happiness.

The second is some type of cultural variable- for example, age. You may want to research whether or not a relationship exists between levels of happiness and peoples' age. You could begin by asking yourself, are younger adults happier than older adults?

Cultural variables may include, but are not limited to:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Socio-economic status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Education
  • Marital status
  • Spiritual belief
  • Ethnicity/Nationality

Pro Tips from Your Teacher:
  1. Start by choosing a main topic early and reading current articles of interest.
  2. Start with a Good Question – What trends are currently happening in our culture? Is there any relationship between the amount of time spent using social media and levels of self-esteem?
  3. Keep it simple: Compare just one or two variables and keep your survey brief. Consider using scaled questions in your survey, rather than yes/no constructs.
  4. Acceptable sources include Pew Research Center, Gallup, Center for Disease Control, World Health Org, academic journals found via EBSCOhost or other MJC library databases,, Nat’l Institutes of Health,
  5. Your final  paper should be approximately 10-15 pages in length, written in 12 point font and double-spaced. Include a title page and a running header that contains your last name and the title of the paper. Organize in sections with clearly defined headings, and write with an objective, professional tone (without emotion or personal bias). You are making observations and examining evidence that may support or refute a hypothesis.