Orathinkal Article Critique
Orathinkal Article Critique
Orathinkal, Vansteenwegen, and Burggraeve (2008), present their study in their article entitled, “Forgiveness: A perception and motivation study among married adults.” The article contains the standard layout for scholarly journal articles: title, abstract, introduction, method, results, and discussion (Jackson, 2009). The focus of this article was to evaluate understandings of forgiveness among participants, and then to examine whether there was a link between perception of forgiveness and actual forgiveness. Forgiveness is a topic that is gaining greater interest in ...view middle of the document...
Critique of Title and Introduction
Pyrczak (2008) suggests that titles of research articles be specific and yet concise containing about 15 words or less. Orathinkal, et. al., (2008) in their article, use only nine words which not only follows Pyrczak’s (2008) suggestions but also follows APA (2009) standards of 12 words or less. Titles of research articles should also be specific so that articles can be differentiated from other articles on the same topic. This consumer of research believes that Orathinkal, et. al. (2008) were not specific enough with their title. They mentioned the study was among married adults, when perhaps they should have split that into first-married and remarried as they do in their study. Their whole study revolves around how these two groups perceive forgiveness and the differences between; therefore this should be reflected in their research title.
Abstracts serve a similar purpose to research titles, in that they both serve to distinguish the article from others and at the same time help consumers of research identify articles of interest (Pyrczak, 2008). Orathinkal, et. al., (2008), state the purpose of their study which was to investigate perception and motivation of forgiveness among their participants and then note any significant difference between the two types of married adults. Overall, the abstract mentions highlights of their study without including titles of measures and avoiding making references to implications for future research.
As already established, Orathinkal, et. al., (2008) have followed the standard layout for research journal articles, which includes an integrated introduction and literature review (Pyrczak, 2008). By integrating literature reviews into the introduction, researchers are able to establish the problem area and its importance, provide relevant literature concerning the issue, show how this study will advance knowledge in this area, and finally state researcher’s questions and hypotheses (Pyrczak, 2008). Introductions are to first establish a problem area, however in the beginning of their article, Orathinkal, et. al., (2008) did not supply one. They started off very broad about forgiveness being a topic of interest and also discussed different terms related to forgiveness. A problem area never seems to be defined. Orathinkal, et. al., (2008), describe how forgiveness of incest and betrayal are the hardest but do not seem to tie it into their study. Therefore, a problem area is not stated in the very beginning, nor is the importance of a problem area discussed.
Orathinkal, et. al., (2008) seem to follow Pyrczak’s (2008) guideline of moving from topic to topic instead of citation to citation. The researchers discuss different topics of forgiveness, and they also discuss key terms to definitions associated with forgiveness such as: justification, excuse, mercy, exoneration, and reconciliation (Orathinkal, et. al.,...