Identify what information you will cite/reference to support your rationale.

For this discussion, you will construct an outline for your introduction paper. To do so, answer each of the following questions in your initial post.
First, restate the purpose of your study. Remember to structure the statement as “the impact of [X] on [Y],” where X represents the independent variable and Y represents your dependent variable.
INTRO PARAGRAPH—Next, describe what broad information you will discuss in the first paragraph of your introduction paper. In this paragraph, you should provide a general rationale for your study. Identify what information you will cite/reference to support your rationale. For example, you can choose to cite past research (e.g., qualitative research) that describes a social problem. Alternatively, you can use statistics that quantify the severity of a problem (e.g., prevalence rates of disease or mental health disorders). Do NOT state/mention your study’s purpose or hypothesis in the first paragraph–Not yet.
TOPICS FOR INTERMEDIARY PARAGRAPHS—List 3-5 topic sentences that can be used for your intermediary paragraphs (i.e., the paragraphs between the first and last paragraph). These topic statements can focus on issues related to your topic, such as the independent variable (IV), possible IV conditions, the dependent variable or the overall purpose.

Alternatively, you may consider identifying related themes for intermediary paragraphs. For example, you could discuss the impact of therapy on children, adolescents and young adults as three separate topics for intermediary paragraphs. Alternatively, you could list topic sentences chronologically to tell a story of the how our understanding of the phenomena has evolved.
PROVIDE CITATIONS for EACH INTERMEDIARY PARAGRAPH—For each topic sentence created, find 1-2 relevant articles that will be referenced. Consider using the research you have already found before searching for additional studies. You may also want to read articles that those studies have cited. Provide citations in APA format.
FINAL PARAGRAPH—In the final paragraph, this is where you establish why your study is necessary. Answer the following questions: Has your experiment not been previously studied? If it was previously studied, will you be studying it in a different way? How is your study different? State your research question and hypothesis.

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