Self Esteem of Victims of Human Trafficking

This paper is testing “The Effects of Therapy on Self Esteem for Victims of Human Trafficking.” The hypothesis is that victims of human trafficking who receive therapy have higher self-esteem compared to those who have not or do not receive therapy services.

This paper only needs the “Methods” section done. Literature review and survey instrument have been attached for reference on paper content. All information in the methods section can be made up and is hypothetical as the research is not actually being carried out. The methods of this paper is to include the following:

Research Design. This section provides a brief synopsis of the entire research methodology for your proposed program evaluation. Describe the type of design you will use (e.g., experimental, quasi-experimental, pre-experimental or survey; quantitative or mixed methods). Is your project a cross-sectional or longitudinal study? (cross-sectional). Include a hypothetical timeline for your project. This may be included in an appendix, if appropriate. Projects using qualitative approaches (in the context of mixed methods) need to clarify the data collection format (e.g., face-to-face interviews, observations, etc.). 

Sampling Method. Describe your sampling frame and indicate the sampling design used (e.g., random sampling, systematic sampling, convenience sampling, purposive sampling, snowball sampling). Describe how and from where study participants will be selected (from WEAVE, Inc., both children and adults). Inclusion and exclusion criteria. If you plan to sample hard-to-reach individuals, describe how you will access them. What will be your sample size? If you do a phone survey or a mailed questionnaire, report the expected response rate based on the number of phone numbers you plan to call or surveys you will mail. What is your anticipated experimental mortality rate? Provide a description of the anticipated demographic profile of the study sample.

Human Subjects. Describe how you will ensure the protection of your study participants. Be sure to include information on voluntary participation, informed consent, confidentiality and/or anonymity, risks and benefits to study participants, and possible incentives provided to study participants. Are there any unique ethical considerations in your study? Do you require assent from your study participants?

Data Collection Procedures. Describe the procedure for collecting your data. Its important to give a step-by-step procedure so that the reader knows exactly how you plan to gather data. Where and how do you plan to administer measurement protocols? Where will the data be kept? How will it be secured?

Operationalization of Variables. Describe the major variables in your study. Be sure to operationally define your independent and dependent variables. How will you quantify each variable? How will you measure each variable?  Describe the indicators you will use to quantify each variable. What are the demographic variables you will include in your study?
– Independent  variable: whether a victim has had therapy or not
– Dependent variable: self-esteem level

Instrumentation. Describe the instrument(s) you will use in your study. Provide examples of questions you will use to measure your variables. If you are using an established quantitative instrument, provide a description of the instrument, as well as the appropriate citation. Also, if using an established instrument, provide information on the reliability and validity of the instrument, if available. If you are employing qualitative methods describe the interview or observation protocol. If appropriate, use an appendix to present instrumentation material.

Study Limitations. Describe the potential limitations that affect the internal and external validity of your research design. Are there any potential sampling issues (e.g., selection bias)? Are there any potential measurement reliability and/or validity issues? Can your results be generalized?

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