Research methods/SPSS Study F
B. Write up the Methods section, while it is fresh in your mind.
The questionnaire must be in an Appendix for your report – it is on BB.
Source of scales:
Tennant et al. (2007) – the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS), in Section 1 of questionnaire;
Cohen et al. (1983) – the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) in Section 2 of questionnaire.
Cohen, S., Kamarck, T., and Mermelstein, R. (1983). A global measure of perceived stress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 24, 386-396.
Tennant, R., Hiller,L., Fishwick, R., Platt, S., Joseph, S., Weich, S., Parkinson, J., Secker, J. and Stewart-Brown, S. (2007). The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS): development and UK validation. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 5,
The images were selected by me, from web searches, specifically for this study.
C. Start reading and making your own notes, to use towards your Intro and Discussion
Guidance for reading
1. The articles for the scales – you could skim them and decide whether they will be useful for more than just to cite them as the source of each scale. This will mainly be if you wish to makes points about the scales. These articles do not consider type of environment.
2. The main area is whether nature has an impact on psychological wellbeing, increasing positive wellbeing and decreasing effects of stress:
Look in text books of environmental psychology for chapters/sections on that aspect; there are relevant text books in the library;
Also, make your own literature searches, as follows:
You can use PsycInfo (through Library web pages) to search for articles – If an article is not available through our library, then find out if it is at another library that students are allowed to use.
If you find some relevant journal articles through Google Scholar, check if UoW allows a free link. You have to be Signed In for this to show.
Before using web sources, check the guidelines in AWiP on using web-based material.
briefly, make sure you write in your own words and cite your sources.
Tips for using journal articles:
Don’t be distracted by methodology or statistics that are beyond what you need.
Don’t get distracted by irrelevant detail. First, skim read the article and jot down page numbers and paragraphs with relevant information. Next, read those relevant parts, making notes in your own words that you can use when you write your report.
Don’t be tempted to use all the references that appear in a source to back up a single point. If Bloggs et al. (2020) is the article or book that you yourself are reading, simply say something like
“Bloggs et al. (2020) reported on previous research which indicates that …”.
Only refer to the original source in your text if you are giving some detail of what the source you read said about it. Then, use secondary source referencing in your References section.
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