This research report will have a typical structure. The report is worth 40% of your final grade in the unit, and will be marked out of 100.
The research report should be a maximum 2700 words, with +/- 10% flexibility on the word count. This word limit does NOT include the Title page, Tables, Figures, or References, but it does include the Abstract.
As an approximate guide, use the following structure: Abstract (150 words), Introduction (approx. 900 words), Method and Results (approx. 900 words combined), Discussion (approx. 750 words).
The breakdown of marks (out of 100) is given below.
Introduction (24 marks): A useful format for the Introduction is to structure it in terms of the following (major) sections:
(1) Describe the context of the research in terms of the nature of jealousy, sexual infidelity, emotional infidelity, and sex differences in responses to infidelity. These concepts should be clearly defined when first introduced.
(2) Discuss the finding that men and women differ in their responses to emotional and sexual infidelity.
(3) Discuss the different theoretical accounts of the sex difference.
(4) Describe research examining the role of attachment style in responses to sexual and emotional infidelity.
(5) State the aim(s), research questions, and hypotheses of the study. Most of the intellectual energy that goes into this report should be directed towards the theoretical and empirical rationale provided for the hypotheses. Formulate hypotheses that reflect the study aims. Justify hypotheses by tying them to related research so they flow smoothly and directly from the literature.
Method (12 marks): Include subheadings for Design, Participants, Measures, and Procedure. The Design section should describe the 2 x 4 experimental design. The dependent variable should additionally be specified. The Participants section should describe the nature of the individuals who participated in the research. The Measures section should describe the main concepts that were measured or manipulated, in addition to the questions or scenarios that were used to do so. The Procedure should describe how the survey was administered and should include a description of any instructions given (e.g. randomisation, counterbalancing of conditions).
Results (16 marks): The report is not a test of your statistical knowledge and you will be given Data Analysis Guidelines to assist you. The statistics should be used as a tool to demonstrate whether or not the expected theoretical relationships are supported. The data file, Jealousy_data.sav is available in the Additional resources link below. It is recommended that you read all the essential references, and start to have a clear idea of what arguments you are going to make.
Discussion (24 marks): Discuss the findings in relation to the aims and hypotheses and literature cited in your Introduction. Were your hypotheses supported? If so, what evidence is there that the results are reflecting “true” relationships versus methodological factors? If they were not supported, then discuss possible reasons why. Discuss limitations of the study (these should be tied directly to the results and/or methodology) and provide suggestions for future research.
Title Page, Abstract, and References: Your report should also include these. The title of the report must specify the IVs and DVs. The Abstract (6 marks) should be no more than 150 words in length. Marks will also be awarded for overall integration (8 marks) and references and presentation (10 marks). The references you have been provided (see Additional resources) should be sufficient to begin your literature review. However you are expected to include additional references.
Your assignment should be typed and double-spaced using a standard 12-point font. Use APA formatting throughout, including for Tables and Figures. You may place your tables within the text of the Results section (i.e. no need to use the manuscript submission convention of placing tables at the end of the article). More specific details regarding the study can be found on the Explanation page.
You will need to refer to the following resources for the necessary information required to complete this assignment.
- Report instructions (begin by reading these instructions, which also includes your starting references).
Information for the results section of your major report:
Information for the Methods section of your major report: