Sampling Strategy and Sample Size for a Research Paper

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Sampling Strategy and Sample Size for a Quantitative Research Plan

[To what extent do African-American men who live in an urban setting and exhibit aggressive behavior due to early development factors associated with depression receive a diagnosis at local medical facilities of conduct disorder as opposed to depression?]

The question posed in this study is one asking 'To what extent do African-American men who live in an urban setting and exhibit aggressive behavior due to early development factors associated with depression receive a diagnosis at local medical facilities of conduct disorder as opposed to depression?' Therefore, the population being studied is identified and a sampling must be chosen which defines the unit of analysis in this study.

Population

The population that will be utilized for the sampling in this study is comprised of an urban population of African-American men who have exhibited aggressive behavior due to early development factors associated with depression and who have received a diagnosis at a local medical facilities of conduct disorder as opposed to depression.

III. Sampling

The sampling conducted in this study will involve a non-probability convenience sampling of an urban population of African-American men who have exhibited aggressive behavior due to early development factors associated with depression and who have received a diagnosis at a local medical facilities of conduct disorder as opposed to depression.
The non-probability sampling will be in the nature of a convenience sampling since it will be fairly easy to locate this population of individuals through a clinic or hospital database. This type of sampling has also been chosen for the purpose of ensuring that each African-American male who have exhibited aggressive behavior due to early development factors associated with depression and who have received a diagnosis at a local medical facilities of conduct disorder as opposed to depression will have the same chance of being chosen for the study as the other potential participants who meet the same criteria. This type of sampling will enhance the researcher's ability to study this specific population of individuals since they have already been diagnosed and are patients at an urban hospital or clinic.

IV. How Sample to Be Drawn

The non-probability convenience sampling in this study….....

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