How will the changes in the life choices of the African American women be determined?

For this weeks’ discussion I have been given the task to develop focused research questions as well as a research hypothesis. After reading the assigned article, regarding African American women in substance abuse and their treatment these two task were completed.

Focused research questions: How will involving the children of the clients in the treatment process help or hurt the mother?

Is there a certain age of the child/ or children that would not be involved in the treatment process?

How will the changes in the life choices of the African American women be determined?

How long with this research study last?

These questions are all of the questions that came to mind after reading the research study. Some of these questions are very pertinent and I am sure that other readers would want to know some, if not all of the same things as well. Also in the article it states that the African culture is known for being very spiritual (Poitier, Niliwaambieni, Rowe, 1997). Another question that would arise is what concepts of spirituality would be added into this program?

I would take care of the questions by gathering participants with children of all ages. This would aid in determine if the age of the child or children also have an effect on the outcome of the mother’s treatment. To access the life choices that are being made over time I would develop a Likert scale so that the mothers could evaluate themselves, as well as have them complete an assessment with a professional to determine if the life choices truly are getting better.

As for the research hypothesis, I would say that if the women who are participation in this type of program really apply themselves to the treatment then most of them should be able to complete the program and be clean. Especially since their children is right there with them, and everyday they will be faced with the motivation to do a little better for this child or children’s sake.

Poitier, V. L., Niliwaambieni, M., & Rowe, C. L. (1997). A rite of passage approach designed to preserve the families of substance-abusing African American women. Child Welfare, (1), 173. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsgea&AN=edsgcl.19175019&site=eds-live&scope=site