The research hypothesis typically states the anticipated relationship between variables in a quantitative study. Oftentimes, these variables are labeled as dependent and independent, with the independent variable meaning the intervention, treatment, or other change that is introduced. The researcher then wishes to measure the impact of that change on the dependent variable.
Why might it be important for a researcher to predict the findings and show the variables’ expected relationship in this manner? What purpose does the hypothesis serve? In this Discussion, you answer these questions and generate a hypothesis for your own proposed study.
To Prepare:
Review the Learning Resources on the research hypothesis and its purpose.
Consider the problem you have identified, the research question, and your initial reading of the peer-reviewed research articles. Based on these, generate a research hypothesis.
Note: If your research question is qualitative, for the purposes of this Discussion, consider how you would change the question to use a quantitative approach. Then develop a hypothesis that would be generated from that question.
By Day 3
Post your description of the hypothesis’s function in the research process. Then, share the hypothesis you have generated for your research question. Identify the independent and dependent variables in your hypothesis.
Note: If your research question is qualitative, for the purposes of this Discussion, consider how you would change the question to use a quantitative approach. Then develop a hypothesis that would be generated from that question.
Tenea Lewis
SOCW 6301
Methodological Approach
September 27,2021
Identification of Research Question and Research Methodology
In the study “Top 10 Reasons People do not Report Sexual Abuse” by the Dordulian Law Group, there is an indication that when it comes to being sexually abused, raped, or sexually assaulted, most individuals never lie or brag about the situation. However, there has been the discovery that despite being abused. Survivors tend to shun reporting abuse as a result of fear and other personal issues, and other survivors consider reporting to be humiliating and non-beneficial. This, therefore, prompts the need to answer the question: Why is sexual abuse so rarely reported? Reasons why sexual abuse is not always said are established through qualitative data from organizations such as the National Sexual Violence Resource. This analysis revealed that individuals who did not report sexual abuse had numerous reasons, including misconceptions in relation to the available options, doubt in the system of the law, or the fear of consequences from the perpetrators.
In the study “Sexual Assault in Adolescents” by Banvard-Fox et al., the question that is addressed is: what is the prevalence of sexual abuse among the youth? This is further conceptualized by the viewpoint that 26.6 percent and 5.1 percent of seventeen-year-old boys and girls in America. There was also a higher prevalence of sexual abuse amongst individuals from the LGBTQ community where there was the discovery that even as one continues to grow, he still encounters undesired implications of sexual abuse. This, therefore, leads to the exhibition of sexual and physical violence in the future. There is also the use of medical peer review items that further affirm that prevention of sexual abuse of adolescents generates better economic health and stability.
The study “Outcomes of Sexual Abuse” by Olusolami et al. evaluates the burden of sexual abuse and the pressure it generates upon the psychosocial well-being of adolescents. The study had the objective of determining the preexistent correlation between sexual abuse and self-perception amongst teenagers and the determining factors of self-perception amongst teenagers who have been sexually abused. This, therefore, prompts the development of the question: What is the overall consequence of the possible outcomes of sexual abuse on adolescents’ homes and society at large? To establish the preexistent relationships, there has been the utilization of a systematic search of Science Direct, African Journals Online, PubMed and Cochrane to establish research on sexual abuse and its impacts on adolescents. There was the identification of 7278 studies where eight studies were seen to meet the merit of selection. According to findings, sexual abuse was highly prevalent.
The study “Why Don’t they Tell” by NCTSN portrays sexual assault as a form of sexual activity that takes place without the necessary consent. Sexual assault has been seen to take up many forms, such as attempted rape, actual rape, sexual coercion, sexual touching that is rather unwanted, and any form of sexual contact with an individual. This study analyzes the question: what are the feelings one encounters after going through sexual abuse? The research generated from numerous sources further affirms that sexual assault may cause traumatic feelings such as powerlessness, stigmatization, betrayal, and traumatic sexualization.
In the study “Presumption of Sexual Abuse in Children and Adolescents: Vulnerability of Pregnancy before 14 years” by Silva et al., the question that is addressed is: what are the instances of sexual abuse as demonstrated by mothers of up to 13 years of age? The study conducted was quantitative and was retrieved from Maceió, where data from the Brazilian Live Birth Information System from 2009 to 2017 I utilized in analyzing crimes of sexual abuse against those deemed vulnerable. Conclusion: there was the conclusion that pregnancy and marriage are highly prevalent among girls under 14 years of age, and therefore, health professionals demonstrated scarcity in the filing of reports.
Banvard-Fox, C., Linger, M., Paulson, D. J., Cottrell, L., & Davidov, D. M. (2020). Sexual Assault in Adolescents. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, 47(2), 331–349.
Okunlola, O. B., Odukoya, J. A., & Gesinde, A. M. (2020). Outcomes of sexual abuse on self-esteem among adolescents: A systematic review. Cogent Social Sciences, 7(1), 1856296.
Silva, A. J. C. D., Trindade, R. F. C. D., & Oliveira, L. L. F. D. (2020). Presumption of sexual abuse in children and adolescents: vulnerability of pregnancy before 14 years. Revista brasileira de enfermagem, 73.
Top 10 Reasons People Do Not Report Sexual Abuse. (2020, September 22). Dordulian Law Group.
Why Don’t They Tell? Teens and Sexual Assault Disclosure Why Don’t They Tell? Teens and Sexual Assault Disclosure 1 Teen Sexual Assault. (n.d.).

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