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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
To prepare for this discussion assignment, read the information about Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the National Institute of Mental Health website ( Develop a research question on an aspect of PTSD. Make sure it is phrased as a researchable question. For example, questions containing the word “should” call for a value judgment and thus are generally not researchable.
In your post, present preliminary plans for a research study to investigate your question. You may use the supplemental PSY326 2016 Research Design Template to help you organize the required information. PowerPoint or any other presentation software may be used to create a visual presentation of your research design. Audio content is optional. The file for the presentation should be attached to your post, or if using a screencast, include a link to the online presentation. Regardless of the form of your presentation, your discussion post must include the following elements:
Compare and contrast the characteristics of non-experimental (descriptive and correlational) and experimental research designs.
State your research question, and specify whether the aim of the proposed research is to describe, predict, or explain.
Choose a research design to investigate your research question. Explain why this design is appropriate for the study.
Provide a brief overview of the study you would design.
Your post and presentation must utilize at least two peer-reviewed sourc