Juvenile Mass School Shooter

Review one of the juvenile mass school shooter cases listed below. A couple of them also killed one, or both, parents, in addition to students at school. Each of these juvenile mass school shooters was “bound over” to adult court, tried, and sentenced as adults.

Kip Kinkel

Charles Andrew Williams

Barry Loukaitis

Michael Carneal

Luke Woodham

Thomas “T.J.” Lane

For this Final Project, you are to apply  kansas state case law, identify forensic risk assessment factors, and evaluate your own biases pertaining to the case you chose.

Write a 10- to 12-page (not including references, title page, or abstract) APA-formatted paper in which you do the following:

  • Review/research current state laws pertaining to juveniles “bound over” to adult court. Provide an analysis of your state laws regarding juveniles sentenced as adults. If you are an international student, you may use your local or regional laws.
  • Evaluate risk factors that may have contributed to the shooter’s actions. Be sure to include developmental risk factors.
  • Recommend forensic risk assessment instruments that would be appropriate to be used in evaluating risk specific to this case.
  • Evaluate your own personal biases, which may lead to weaknesses regarding how you effectively communicate the results of the forensic assessment where the defendant is a juvenile given a life sentence.
  • Explain ethical concerns that may impact your work on this case. Be sure to cite relevant APA Ethical Guidelines, Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology and/or Multicultural Competence Guidelines located within the Week 2 Learning Resources.

The Final Project must include a minimum of five academic references (in addition to any course readings that you may wish to reference). Please be aware that non-professional, user-created websites such as Wikipedia will not be accepted as scholarly references.

Quality Of Life Due In 16hrs

Walden University


Week 1: What Is Quality of Life?

Many people show pride of place, or pride in where they live, through symbols of their hometown, such as a baseball cap or t-shirt, or simply through their attitude. You might also recognize some people from Chicago by their accent, or people from Quebec City because they choose to speak French in predominantly English-speaking Canada.

What may not be so apparent is the reason why humans settle where they do—and why they stay there. You may learn that a woman you met on a plane lives in São Paulo, Brazil because of her job, or because her family settled there 20 years ago. However, what made the original inhabitants settle in Brazil centuries ago, and do those reasons, centuries old, still resonate today?

This week, you begin examining how Interdisciplinary Studies relates to quality of life in a city by considering what defines a city, how Interdisciplinary Studies can contribute to that definition, and how cities began.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Analyze perspectives for defining quality of life in a city
  • Analyze sources relevant to quality of life in a city

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Learning Resources

Required Readings

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Kotkin, J. (2005). Cities: Places sacred, safe, and busy. The Next American City, (8), 19–22.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Joel Kotkin, a well-known author in urban studies and related areas, writes about the characteristics that make cities important.

Montgomery, C. (2013, November 1). The secrets of the world’s happiest cities. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/01/secrets-worlds-happiest-cities-commute-property-prices

Document: Final Project Summary (PDF)

Document: Student Contributed Resource Worksheet (Word document)

Student Contributed Resources

In this course, you contribute resources to the overall course dialogue. This week, you will complete an exercise for the Assignment that focuses on finding a quality article in the Walden Library or from another reputable source.

  • Download the “Student Contributed Resource Worksheet” document from this week’s Learning Resources. This worksheet will help guide you in seeking resources to complete this week’s Assignment.
  • Find one article about quality of life in a specific city or in cities generally.
  • Complete the Week 1 Assignment.

Author and Source Suggestions

You are not required to find work from these authors or sources, although you may use them. You may also find that these authors or sources lead to others in the field.

  • Richard Florida
  • Joel Kotkin
  • The Guardian. (2015). Cities. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/cities
  • CITYLAB. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.citylab.com/
  • Numbeo. (2015). Quality of life index 2015. Retrieved from http://www.numbeo.com/quality-of-life/rankings.jsp
Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.-d). Interdisciplinary perspectives in urban studies [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.

In this video segment, urban studies practitioners and scholars discuss the inherent interdisciplinarity of the field.

Optional Resources

Jacobs, J. (1992). The death and life of great American cities (Modern Library ed.). New York, NY: Random House.

This classic work in urban studies, originally published in 1961, focuses on Jane Jacobs’ Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City as a model, thriving urban area. It is a reference point for many authors who write about urban issues today. You may find ideas from this book referred to in your course reading and in articles that you find.

Discussion: Quality of Life: Perspectives

The word city conjures up many images, drawn from personal experience and perhaps influenced by characterizations in film, literature, or other cultural expressions. Your expectation for how life should be lived may also come from multiple perspectives. Do citizens refer to a nostalgic past? Were things really better in the past? Is the economy attracting new residents? How is the city adjusting to the influx? In this Discussion, you define quality of life in a citythrough a particular perspective.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Read “The Secrets of the World’s Happiest Cities” and “Cities: Places Sacred, Safe, and Busy,” located in this week’s Resources area.
  • View the media in this week’s Resources area, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Urban Studies.
By Day 3

Post a 250-word response that explains the best perspective through which to define quality of life in a city. Choose from the following perspectives:

  • Commerce
  • Public Health
  • Culture/Religion
  • History

In your post, be sure to:

  • Use the place you live to provide real-life examples of how quality of life can be measured.
  • Refer to one specific example from your course reading.

Note: Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced

Human Development Paper

Prepare a 900- to 1,150-word paper in which you discuss the life span perspective of human development. Be sure to include the following items in your description:

  • Summarize three theories related to human growth and development and identify at least one influential theorist for each.
  • Identify aspects of the life span perspective.
  • Explain how heredity and the environment influence human development.

Use a minimum of two peer-reviewed sources.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment.

ANT101AssignmentsWeek 2 – Assignment 1

6/25/2019 – AU Undergraduate

Week 2 – Assignment 1

Evaluating Sources

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This assignment will help you understand what sources are typically considered appropriate to use for academic research papers. This assignment will also help you develop the skills needed to evaluate sources for use in academic research. You will likely come across many different types of sources during the course of your research for your Final Research Paper, including various websites, e-books, scholarly articles, news stories, magazine articles, and so forth. Not all sources you come across are suitable to use in college-level research papers. How do you know what sources are acceptable?

First, review the ANT101 Evaluating Sources (Links to an external site.) tutorial. This tutorial covers concepts such as

  • How to evaluate sources to determine appropriateness for inclusion in an academic research paper using the CRAAP (currency, reliability, authority, accuracy, purpose) method.
  • The different types of sources there are, the scope of information they usually cover, and their uses.
  • Efficient ways to read scholarly sources.

This tutorial is interactive and you will be required to complete short exercises throughout it. It should take 8 to12 minutes to complete. After completing the ANT101 Evaluating Sources tutorial, you will earn a certificate that will be displayed on the last slide. You will need to save a copy of the certificate by taking a screenshot or by saving or printing the certificate as a PDF and uploading it to the classroom. For help taking a screenshot you may review the web page take-a-screenshot.org (Links to an external site.). Waypoint cannot accept image files, such as JPEG or PNG, so if you save your screenshot in this format, please insert your image into Word and then upload it.

To submit this certificate, save the screenshot or PDF to your computer in a location you can easily find. Click the “Assignment Submission” button within the assignment instructions in the online classroom. Upload and attach the screenshot or PDF certificate file that you have saved in your computer to your assignment submission.

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Mental Measurements Yearbook Review & Ethical Use Of Assessment

Complete a review of an assessment in your specialization area using the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY). Read the review for your chosen assessment tool in the MMY and other scholarly articles that establish the appropriate use of the assessment and what it purports to measure.

Complete the following for your assignment:

  • -Identify the history of assessment in counseling. Describe the importance of assessment in counseling and the role of assessment in your specialization.
  • -Complete a review of the selected assessment. What is the reliability and validity of the assessment?
  • -Analyze the theoretical basis for the selected assessment tool in your area of professional practice. (All assessments are rooted in theory. For example, the Beck Depression Inventory is rooted in Beck’s Cognitive Theory.)
  • -Apply ethical considerations associated with administering the selected assessment. Provide an example to demonstrate that you understand how ethical considerations apply to the use of your selected assessment. Some considerations include counselor or therapist competency, client rights, counselor or therapist responsibilities, and legal issues.
  • -Evaluate the appropriateness of the assessment tool for use with the diverse groups that you may encounter in your specialization using the reviewer’s evaluation of the assessment and your own conclusions. How does this comparison inform making an ethical judgment of administering the selected tool with diverse groups of clients? Be certain to integrate these codes into your discussion and cite the relevant sections of the code of ethics for your profession (ACA, AAMFT, or ASCA, linked in Resources).
  • -Discuss how an analysis of this review convinced you to use or not use this assessment in your specialization.
  • -Incorporate a minimum of five scholarly research studies applying the selected assessment tool in professional practice.
  • Assignment Requirements
  • Written communication: Written communication must be free of errors such that the overall message is clear.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of five scholarly resources (distinguished submissions will likely exceed that minimum).
  • Length of paper: Four to six double-spaced, typed pages, excluding title and reference pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
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Case Study

In this unit, you are introduced to the clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and neuropsychology branches of psychology. While these three specialty areas share overlap with goals for clients and the tools they employ in the process of assessment, they each have unique content knowledge and skill they acquired through training and provide differentiated roles and services. Subsequently, the referring concern and the needs of an individual will likely indicate which professional may be best suited to complete the assessment.

In Units 6 through 9, you have studied different applications of tests and measurements in a variety of settings and specialty areas. Regardless of the specialization, it is likely that at some time, a psychologist will have a client with one of the referral concerns including possible neurological problems. In this unit, you read about psychologists using a standard battery to gather information on an individual from a variety of tests and instruments as a means of screening for a neurological deficit. A minimum amount of testing for an adequate neuropsychological screening includes an intelligence test, a personality test, and a perceptual, motor, or memory test.

In this discussion, you will refer to the following case study to answer the questions in Part 1 and Part 2 of this activity. Andy was referred to you, a psychologist.

Case Study


· Name: Andrew “Andy” Davis.

· Age: 6 years, 0 months.

· Mother: Emily Davis, single parent.

· Sibling: Molly.

· Recent changes: Relocation to a smaller house, father abandoned family.

· Referral concerns (reported by mother): Frequent intense imaginative play, significantly reduced social interactions, talks to self in his room, destroys toys (for example, rips arms of dolls), falls frequently, and concerns that he fell down stairs (with no open head injury) at the new house (that is, Andy reported falling down and off staircase railing).

Part 1

Based on this referral information, what would be the three tests you would include in a standard battery for screening purposes that include neurological concerns?

You may use, as a guide, the same test list that was provided to you in Unit 2. You are allowed to choose tests outside of those on the list. This task will allow you to review tests covered in earlier units of this course, as well as some that are introduced in this unit. However, remember to address a minimum of three recommended areas of assessment for a screening of this type. Be sure to take into consideration age range appropriate for the tests and instruments you select. Then, provide an explanation for using each instrument and how it connects to your working hypothesis on Andy and his mother’s concerns.

Part 2

You complete your evaluation using the three (or more) tests in your standard battery and obtain signs signaling that a more thorough neuropsychological evaluation is recommended. Subsequently, Andy is referred to Dr. Woody Pride, a neuropsychologist. Dr. Pride decides to administer Andy the Brief Neuropsychological Cognitive Examination (BNCE) published by WPS since it can be administered in one sitting and reports that it minimizes reading skills to complete it.

Based on this information from Dr. Pride, and after conducting your own research on this test selection, determine if this is an appropriate test to obtain additional data on Andy regarding neuropsychological concerns. If it is appropriate, then state that and provide your rationale for supporting this as a test selection. If it is not appropriate, then state that and provide your rationale for rejecting this as a test selection. Finally, regardless if you find the BNCE appropriate or not for Andy and the referring concerns, identify a second neuropsychological test that would be highly recommended for its use with Andy (you may select one from the list provided you in Unit 2, or another neuropsychological test battery).

As a test user, identify any AERA standards regarding The Rights and Responsibilities of Test Users, which are implicated in this case study of Andy Davis.

Applying Differential Diagnosis To Neurodevelopmental Disorders

 Discussion: Applying Differential Diagnosis to Neurodevelopmental Disorders

 Social work clinicians keep a wide focus on several potential syndromes, analyzing patterns of symptoms, risks, and environmental factors. Narrowing down from that wider focus happens naturally as they match the individual symptoms, behaviors, and risk factors against criteria A–E and other baseline information in the DSM-5.  Over time, as you continue your social work education, this process will become more automatic and integrated. In this Discussion, you practice differential diagnosis by examining a case that falls on the neurodevelopmental spectrum.

To prepare:  Read “The Case of Bogdan” and identify relevant symptoms and factors. You may want to make a simple list of the symptoms and facts of the case to help you focus on patterns. Read the Morrison (2014) selection. Focus on Figure 1.1, “The Roadmap for Diagnosis,” to guide your decision making. Identify four clinical diagnoses relevant to Bogdan that you will consider as part of narrowing down your choices. Be prepared to explain in a concise statement why you ruled three of them out. Confirm whether any codes have changed by checking this website: American Psychiatric Association. (2017, October 1). Changes to ICD-10-CM codes for DSM-5 diagnoses. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm/updates-to-dsm-5/coding-updatesBy

Day 3 Post a 300- to 500-word response in which you address the following:  Provide a full DSM-5 diagnosis of Bogdan.

Remember, a full diagnosis should include the name of the disorder, ICD-10-CM code, specifiers, severity, and the Z codes (other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention). Keep in mind a diagnosis covers the most recent 12 months. Explain the diagnosis by matching the symptoms identified in the case to the specific criteria for the diagnosis. Identify which four diagnoses you initially considered in the case of Bogdan, using the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria to explain why you selected these four items. In one or two sentences each, explain why three of these diagnoses were excluded. Explain any obvious eliminations that could be made from within the neurodevelopmental spectrum. Describe in detail how Bogdan’s symptoms match up with the specific diagnostic criteria for the primary disorder that you finally selected for him. Note two other relevant DSM-5 criteria for that illness from the sections on “diagnostic features” and “development and course” that fit his case.

By Day 6 Respond to at least two colleagues in the following ways:  Compare the diagnosis you provided and the process in which you reached the diagnosis with those of your colleague. Explain how the Z codes (other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention) that your colleague identified may influence Bogdan’s upcoming treatment.

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Chapter 5 discusses 6 principle of ethical behavior. Please choose 3 principles and discuss (a) why you think they are important and (b) your experience with the principles.  Note:  cite at least two outside (not from our textbook)  professional resources to support your opinions.

Based on the readings from Chapter 6, what is your stance on the use of rewards/reinforcers to encourage change of a students behavior? Site information from the readings to support your argument.

If you are faced with a teacher who feels the opposite of you (rewards or non-rewards) how would you handle the situation through consultative means?

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Psychodynamic Explanation Of Behavior Paper

Psychodynamic Theory Scenario

Timothy is a 32-year-old Caucasian male who is married with 2 male children, ages 2 and 4. He grew up in a household with 2 older sisters, making him the youngest child. His parents are still married, and he has a close relationship with his mother. As a child, Timothy began playing sports at 6 years old and quickly excelled. When he was 9 years old, he broke his ankle playing baseball and took 6 months to recuperate. Despite his injury as a child, he played on his school’s baseball team throughout middle school and high school. In high school, he struggled to maintain his grades in his classes and focused the majority of his attention on sports and friendships. He was quite popular and made friends easily.

After high school, he earned a scholarship to a local junior college for baseball, and he continued to play while he finished his associate’s degree. After college, he obtained a job with his father’s company to pay the bills, but he did not feel any type of attachment to or satisfaction from it. He married his wife when he was 26 and has been the main financial provider for his family.

He is seeking career counseling because he has been unable to find and maintain a job that provides him with meaning and satisfaction.

*There are a few theories under the psychodynamic perspective, and they have their similarities and differences in regard to how they explain behavior. This assignment will allow you to see these differences as you discuss an individual’s behavior through a theoretical lens.

Read the Psychodynamic Theory Scenario.

Select 1 of the following theories to apply to the individual in this scenario:

  • Alfred Adler: individual psychology
  • Carl Jung: analytical psychology
  • Erik Erikson: post-Freudian theory

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that discusses how this theory explains the behavior of the individual in the scenario. Include the following:

  • A description of the main concepts within the theory
  • An explanation of how the main concepts of the theory may apply to the individual
  • A description of the ways this theory explains this individual’s personality well and where it falls short

Format your paper according to APA guidelines.

Week 6 Discussion Response To Classmates

Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. Main references come from Balkin, R. S., & Kleist, D. M. (2017) and/or American Psychological Association (2014). You need to have scholarly support for any claim of fact or recommendation regarding treatment. I have also attached my discussion rubric so you can see how to make full points. Please respond to all 3 of my classmates separately with separate references for each response. You need to have scholarly support for any claim of fact or recommendation like peer-reviewed, professional scholarly journals. I need this completed by 10/05/19 at 4pm.


Responses to peers. Note that this is measured by both the quantity and quality of your posts. Does your post contribute to continuing the discussion? Are your ideas supported with citations from the learning resources and other scholarly sources? Note that citations are expected for both your main post and your response posts. Note also, that, although it is often helpful and important to provide one or two sentence responses thanking somebody or supporting them or commiserating with them, those types of responses do not always further the discussion as much as they check in with the author. Such responses are appropriate and encouraged; however, they should be considered supplemental to more substantive responses, not sufficient by themselves.

Read your colleagues’ postings. Respond to your colleagues’ postings who proposed the opposite method from the one you selected as the ideal method for investigating the question and justify why you chose the alternate method.

1. Classmate (M. Chr)

Quantitative Research  Study

This week for this discussion the question how does music impact mood was posed. This means that in order to research this question my design would need to involve two different types of data. The first type of data is quantitative data which is numerical and is based on gathering numerical data in terms of percentages and more. This is also a way to get a baseline for data (Laureate Education, 2017). Thus, one way I could get quantitative data is by implementing a survey to the participants asking if different genres of music affect their mood. This survey could be a scaled score seeing which genres tend to have a higher percentage of participants whose mood is affected by music. I could even be specific and ask questions first like how often do you feel you listen to music and give them choices like an hour a day and more.

Qualitative Research Study

The second type of  data would be very easy to collect for this research question which is qualitative data. I need to keep in mind that to gather qualitative data, one of the easiest ways for me to collect it would be to use the culture around me (Laureate Education, 2017). For instance, I hear songs when people are driving with the windows down at a stoplight and the person in the car is dancing which to me clearly indicates the music is affecting their mood.. I could also have participants come in and listen to different tracks from different genres and see if right then and there it affects them as they are listening to it.  I could also write down observations as I am talking to them of what I see what when I am watching them listen to music. This also includes observing their body language

Which Is  Better For Investigating the  Impact of Music on my Client’s Mood? 

When I think about this research question, I have to think about which type of data I would want to use. When I was looking for articles in the Walden library, I was unable to yield any research articles that dealt with music being impactful to one’s mood,  However, through googling I did find a few scholarly articles but they did not really deal with the question I was looking at. They dealt with things like the function of music. Thus, after thinking, I personally think that I qualitative data would be best for researching this question. One reason is because I think this particular research question should be experienced through the people (Laureate Education, 2017). This means that to get the best data I can out of this question I would be observing the people listening to music. Than I would interview them (Laureate Education, 2017).


In conclusion, there are two different types of data to consider as I mentioned. When thinking about a research  question, it is important to realize what kind of information I am seeking with my question, and that will lead to my determination of which type of data would be the best fit. I may find out as well  that as I am investigating the research question that I may need to have one type of data first then end up needing a little bit of the other to get a clear answer to the question (Laureate Education, 2017).I have also  figured out that collaboration is a great tool to use to collect large amounts of data from multiple locations or even from more spread out locations such as a beach (Laureate Education, 2017). Thus, for this particular question, I would  utilize qualitative data, and by utilizing these types of data, the question will be answered in a clear and concise way that will allow for possible future research to be done.


Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Qualitative methods: An example [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Quantitative methods: An example [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017m). Roundtable: Research methods [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

2. Classmate (J. Fun)

Quantitative Investigation

In quantitative research the typical process includes gathering participants, obtaining measures, evaluating data, and communicating results. I could quantitatively investigate how music impacts mood by using percentages. Percentages are often helpful in describing the participants of a study or nominal variables (Balkin & Kleist, 2017). In this case, percentages could provide information of different variables related to those listening to music. For example, a percentage of those who enjoy listening to music and those who don’t, a percentage of different activities participants participate in while listening to music. In quantitative research the typical process includes gathering participants, obtaining measures, evaluating data, and communicating results. In quantitative research, the nature of collecting data involves providing numeric values for phenomena (Balkin & Kleist, 2017).

Qualitative Investigation

Qualitative research produces knowledge that allows us to understand the human meaning of events, situations, contexts, experiences, or actions; the particular contexts within which actions and experiences take place; social and psychological processes by which events and actions take place; and the unanticipated phenomena and influences of experiences and processes (Maxwell, 2013, as mentioned in Balkin & Kleist, 2017). I could use this to investigate how music impacts mood by researching the psychological process, mood, and experience felt while someone is listening to music.

Best Choice for Investigation

I would utilize qualitative research to investigate this question due to its ability to provide insight into the feelings and thoughts participants may have in studies that study the impact music has on their mood. In particular, researching descriptions, interviews, journals, etc., that participants may have used to communicate these feelings and thoughts towards music.


Balkin, R. S., & Kleist, D. M. (2017). Counseling research: A practitioner-scholar approach. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017e). Introduction to research design [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017m). Roundtable: Research methods [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

3. Classmate (L. Lan)

The research question that we are investigating is how does music impact mood? If we were to design a quantitative study to test this question, we would need to develop an operational definition of what is to be measured, in this case, mood (Balkin, 2017). We are looking at how variables relate to one another, known as correlational research because we know that “quantitative research is useful when the research question examines relationships between variables” (Balkin, 2017; Laureate Education, 2017). Ideally, a random sampling of participants would need to be gathered in order to be representative of the general population, but this can be challenging (Balkin & Kleist, 2017). As Dr. Smeaton notes while describing his quantitative study, it is difficult create a representative sample when when researchers are often reliant on convenience sampling (Laureate Education, 2017). In this case, researchers would need to be careful not to only gather participants who are interested in music or who listen to music frequently.

In order to measure how music impacts mood, a researcher might provide a questionnaire to participants for them to report how they feel before listening to certain types of music and again after.  A researcher might also measure participants cortisol levels before, during and after listening to a certain type of music. All of these numbers would need to be analyzed and interpreted in order to make a generalization about the impact music has on people’s mood (Balkin & Kleist, 2017).

Qualitative Research Study

Qualitative relies primarily on words, documentation and some type of description (Laureate Education, 2017). In this case, we are looking at the participant’s experience with music and their perception of whether or not it impacted their mood. A researcher using a qualitative method might also go about gathering a representative sampling and interviewing participants about their experiences with music and how they noticed their moods changing or not.
Which is better for investigating the impact of music on my client’s mood?

For this study, I believe that a mixed methodology is best. As Dr. Wilson notes in the video, “it’s hard to describe something with numbers when it’s an experience you’ve had”, and mood is certainly a personal experience (Laureate Education, 2017). I think a qualitative approach would be helpful in gathering details about the type of music and how it changes a person’s mood, given that there are so many types of music and so many moods. This would provide a narrative to the way that music impacts mood (Balkin & Kleist, 2017). That being said, a quantitative approach might be helpful in gathering a larger sample of the population since a survey instrument can more easily be disseminated to a large group of people and the numbers can be analyzed and interpreted.


Reading and listening to this week’s resources, I’m overwhelmed at the detail and complicated considerations that go into designing a research study. A simple question like “how does music impact mood?” could be examined by so many different approaches both qualitatively and quantitatively.


Balkin, R. S., & Kleist, D. M. (2017). Counseling research: A practitioner-scholar approach. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Qualitative methods: An example [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Quantitative methods: An example [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017m). Roundtable: Research methods [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Required Resources

Balkin, R. S., & Kleist, D. M. (2017). Counseling research: A practitioner-scholar approach. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

  • Chapter 4, “Types of Research”
  • Chapter 5, “Fundamental Concepts in Quantitative      Research”
  • Chapter 10, “Fundamental Concepts in Qualitative      Research”

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017e). Introduction to research design [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 14 minutes.

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Credit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017m). Roundtable: Research methods [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 26 minutes.

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Credit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Optional Resources

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Quantitative methods: An example [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 13 minutes.

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Credit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Qualitative methods: An example [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 11 minutes.

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