All theories offer insight about the cause of any given problem, but practitioners and researchers must determine the most appropriate one. They ask themselves, “Is the selected theory the most suitable?” and “Do the key constructs of the theory align with the analysis?” To answer the first question, one needs to be familiar with the assumptions of theory and understand the merits and limitations in applying the theory to the issue. To answer the second, one needs to understand the concept of alignment.
Alignment refers to logical flow and consistency in the argument from start to finish. For example, if a social worker says that they are using Freudian theory, then the interventions used would reflect Freud’s major tenets about the role of the unconscious on human behavior. If, suddenly, the social worker uses positive reinforcement, the intervention is not aligned or not consistent with the theory. You will see the term alignment referred to multiple times in this course and throughout your doctoral journey. This will be the case when you take your research courses and when you work on your PhD dissertation or DSW capstone project.
In this Assignment, you evaluate alignment within a research study. As you read the Cho, Hong, and Logan article, notice how the authors attempt to align the various factors correlated with the phenomena of stalking to the different levels identified in ecological theory.
Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:
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