Mental Health and Aging

Please use this guidelines focusing on reasons for older adults especially racial-ethnic minority groups under use or non-use of mental health service.
Include: Background, Method, Results, Implication for Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), Personal take on mental health and aging, Conclusion.
Some article I have on hand:
1. aging with serious mental illness: an overview and implications for service delivery by Rayan K, al Jurdi
2. Low use of mental health services among older americans with mood and anxiety disorders by Amy L. Byers
3. Access barriers to mental health services for older adults from diverse populations: perspective of leaders in mental health aging 
4. caring for an aging America in the 21st century by Robyn I Stone

Research Paper Guidelines

Research Paper: The research paper is intended to provide you with the opportunity to more fully explore your discussion topic, as well as examine it from a more empirical perspective. The paper should be no more than 10 pages in length (not including a cover page or references). It should include at least 3 empirical research articles from reputable journals. Inclusion of materials from popular magazines or the web cannot be used in the paper. The articles should be based on the most current research of your topic area. 

Research Paper Instructions: The paper is required to be written in APA format. It should consist of at least 3 empirical research articles from reputable journals. The 3 “empirical articles” must have methods/results sections. You may use as many extra review articles or other empirical articles as you would like, but there must be at least 3studies that are discussed and critiqued in detail. Describe the background, method, results, and conclusions of the 3 empirical research articles. Provide your own “take” on the topic and implications for nursing practice and future research ideas. You must demonstrate that you have gone beyond just a summary, and have critically thought about the topic. 

Grading Criteria

Content: 30 pts.
Clearly state the problem
Introduction to topic (detailed description of the topic)
Explain why the problem is important

Review of the Literature: 20 pts. 
Discuss the research literature as it relates to your topic
Cite at least 3 peer-reviewed journal articles (within the past 5 years)
Critical Analysis of research and provide future direction

Methodology/Results: 20 pts.
Incorporate critical elements of methodology and data analysis
Interpret results in relation to studies cited in literature review

Implications for Practice: 15 pts.
Discuss results for implications to nursing practice (significance of problem)
and identify possible use of study findings in nursing practice

Scholarship: 15 pts.
Written in clear and understandable language
Logical order
Provides connections among research articles
Succinct language
Free from typographical, grammatical and spelling errors

Specific APA style information:
Components of paper
Title page: Name, title, class section, date
Body (use headers where appropriate)
References: End of paper with centered title “References”
Margins: One inch margins are required on every side
Spacing: Doubled-spaced
Font: Times New Roman 12 (size)
Page numbers: Make sure to put page numbers at top right corner of every page

Writing Tips
Use Purdue Online Writing Lab (https://owl.english.purdue.edy/owl/resource) 
Voice: Avoid 1st person voice for academic writing
Ex Improper “voice” for scholarly writing
For example: In this review, I will show the differences between anti-hypertensive medications for the treatment of malignant hypertension.
Acceptable “voice” for scholarly writing
The researchers concluded there are marked differences in anti-hypertensive medications for the treatment of malignant hypertension. 

Use Professional Language
“conducted a study” instead of “did a study”
“examined” instead of “looked at”
“utilize” instead of “use” (where appropriate)
“furthermore” instead of run-on sentences

Organization- Build your paper with a clear thesis, scholarly writing should provide clear and organized thoughts. 

Be concise- Delete unnecessary words, phrases and sentences.

Revise and Rewrite- Revision is an ongoing process of rethinking the paper; reconsider your arguments, review your evidence and refine your purpose. Rewriting is a fundamental component of the writing process.

Citations: It is imperative that you review proper citation. It is plagiarism to use other writers’ words and ideas as your own (cite, cite, cite).

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