Qualitative Critical Appraisal

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Qualitative Critical Appraisal In this paper, I will be performing a qualitative critical appraisal on the article called Expanding the scope of research with transition-age foster youth: applications of the social network perspective written by Jennifer Blakeslee. I will also come to a conclusion on whether or not I agree with the findings and if I believe it is useful in practice. Method Blakeslee (2012) uses social network analysis in an inductive, exploratory, qualitative research design for this study. I think this research design was appropriate to address the aim of the research since “social network analysis can be used to measure the interconnected relationships in the service network of caseworkers, foster parents and their providers,…show more content…
326). This study was conducted because the researchers epistemology believed this to be true and that it was a valuable topic to be researched about. In addition, Blakeslee (2012) states that this paper “applies social network concepts and related methodology to frame foster youth transition support from a social network perspective and to help generate network-oriented hypotheses that expand the scope of research with this vulnerable…show more content…
This was the appropriate choice of analysis to look at the supports the youth may have and how losing a caseworker may impact them, as well as the overall potential outcome of these youth after aging out. This discussion was well put together and readdressed the concerns of youth aging out of the child welfare systems. It also stated how social network analysis can help show researchers the interpersonal relationships in foster youth which may help “expand the scope of inquiry in this area” (Blakeslee, 2012 p. 333). This article clearly indicates that this is a starting point in researching about this topic. Personally, that is all this method should be used for. The diagrams give a good picture about the connections in the youth’s lives, however it is not enough information to make conclusions about all populations. In some unique cases, youth may have multiple supports transitioning out of the system. Furthermore, social network analysis would be effective if used with another analysis. If interviews were involved, this would give thorough information about the youths experience, as well as look at all the possible supports in their lives. This analysis may be useful in practice by showing the youth they are not alone after they are transitioned out of the system but I do not think it is enough to make generalizations about
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