The focus of my research study is the effect of food insecurity on children. My work will be secondary research drawing from primary sources which include original academic research as well policy support documents. This has influenced the design of my research and the plan for the final outcome.
I have chosen to use secondary data in my research because it meets the requirements of the assignment. There is an economic benefit to using secondary data as there is no need to fund similar study. This is particularly important given the very broad sample sizes used to collect much of the data that I plan to use as the basis for my paper. There is also a time savings which is critical given the short duration that is available to complete the research project. There is a wide array of data on the topic of child food security as there has been significant interest in both the short term and long term effects on the child and the microscopic and macroscopic spheres the child inhabits. The final reason for the choice of secondary research is that the data will have been collected by experts in the field of nutrition and is likely to be factual with respect their data collection. Their interpretation of the results is also likely to be accurate.
I will draw my research from several studies on the effect of food insecurity on children. The purpose of this research varies with topics that include the physical, emotional and social outcomes of food insecurity on children. Many of the studies look at large quantities of data from several thousand children, for example Cook et. al,. (2004) uses data from over 11,500 children as a part of their cross section study while Jyoti et al., (2005) looks at data from over 21,000 children. In the Jyoti data set, consent was not an issue because the information was a matter of public record that was stored as part of larger data collection efforts. Similarly Cook used the data collected in hospitals across the country in hospitals. The study obtained permissions to ask survey questions from the people at that time. There is no identifying information in the study papers so my work is using data that is completely anonymous. Based on the secondary nature of my research, dependence on ethically based studies, the anonymity of the data and the fact that I am not using any human or animal participants, the ethical requirements for conducting my research project are met. There is no physical, mental or social harm that could be caused by my work.
I will take steps to ensure that the overall project is valid, reliable, credible and transferable. The studies that I am drawing from will be peer-reviewed and academic. This increase these chance of being reliable. My work is qualitative and there are differing definitions and standards about what is needed for reliability in qualitative research. In order to ensure that my work does appear to be reliable, I will follow a clear methodology and use a logical approach to interpreting my results. Credibility will also result from proper citation of sources and the selection of the correct sources to support the claims in my paper.
I have chosen to rely on papers that use the largest sample sizes possible because this increases the statistical probability that the results can be generalized to a wider set of children. This is important because much of the research that has been conducted on food insecurity in children has been conducted in the United States. Therefore I am making that an assumption that not only, the physical effects of food insecurity but also the emotional and social effects that have been discovered in the United States are largely generalizable to the Canadian and other Western style counties with similar forms of government and social structures. Transferability would determine if there is a way to connect the findings to the policy in Canada in the effort of making recommendations to help reduce insecurity in the region.
The effect of food insecurity on children should be given international attention.
The timeline for the project is short because of a need to complete the work before the end of the semester. Therefore research on the material has been ongoing and it is expected that the draft for the project would be completed in two weeks. Following the completion of the draft, I will continue to edit it until the work meets a high standard of fluency, grammar and structure and the ideas present flow in a logical and cohesive way.
Cook, J. (2003). Food Insecurity Is Associated with Adverse Health Outcomes among Human infants and Toddlers. Journal of Nutrition, 1432-1438.
Jyoti, D., Frongillo, E., & Jones, S. (2005). Food Insecurity Affects School Children’s Academic Performance,Weight Gain, and Social Skills. The Journal of nutrition, 135(12), 2831-2839.
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