Lin Article Critique

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Lin Article Critique Pt.2
Keara Goode
Liberty University Online
COUN-503
Dr. K. Beard
2-17-13

The purpose of this article is to critique the title and introduction of the Wei-Len Lin (2004) article titled “Effects of Forgiveness Therapy on Anger, Mood, and Vulnerability to Substance Use Among Inpatient Substance-Dependent Clients”. The study demonstrated the importance of substance dependent inpatients confronting resentments from the past as an aid to emotional recovery (Wei-Lin, 2004). All participants were from a drug rehabilitation center that provided residential treatment to individuals who suffer from alcohol and other drug dependencies. The researcher will critique the article by analyzing components of population and sampling, procedures, and measurements.

The Lin Article was examined with emphasis directed upon the title and introduction. The journal article by Wei-Fen Lin targeted the effects of forgiveness therapy to substance abuse on particular issues such as anger, mood, and vulnerability. The study took place in a residential treatment facility. In the study fourteen substance dependent patients were randomly selected to complete twelve forgiveness therapy sessions or twelve alternate individual treatment sessions based upon routine drug and alcohol therapy topics. Results indicated that the participants that completed forgiveness therapy showed improvement overall. Results also indicated that forgiveness therapy could be an effective new model for residential drug rehabilitation (Lin, 2004). The researcher will critique the following components within the Lin article in the direct order of population and sampling, procedures, and measurements. Population and sampling. In the Lin article, the researcher used random sampling. Using random sampling yields an unbiased sample which means researchers are likely to make sound generalizations (Pyrczak, 2008). Random sampling stratification was used according to participant drug...
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