SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Dierst-Davies, R., Rock Wohl, A., Pinney, G., Johnson, C. H., Vincent-Jones, C., & Pérez, M. J. (2017). Methods to Obtain a Representative Sample of Ryan White-Funded Patients for a Needs Assessment in Los Angeles County: Results from a Replicable Approach. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 16(4), 383-395. DOI: 10.1177/2325957415592476

Summary: The Health Resources and Services Administration requires that jurisdictions receiving Ryan White (RW) funding justify need, set priorities, and provide allocations using evidence-based methods. Methods and results from the 2011 Los Angeles Coordinated HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment–Care (LACHNA-Care) study are presented.

Questions to Consider:

1. How are needs assessments used in public health?
2. What methodology did the authors devise to ensure that the sample was representative?
3. Why is it important to use a representative sample in a needs assessment such as this one?

Journal Article 2: Karlsson, M. E. & Zielinski, M. J. (2018). Sexual Victimization and Mental Illness Prevalence Rates Among Incarcerated Women: A Literature Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. DOI: 10.1177/1524838018767933

Summary: Incarcerated women evidence high rates of both interpersonal trauma and mental illness. In particular, the rates of sexual violence victimization are so high that some researchers have suggested that sexual abuse may be a pathway to prison for women, likely through the development of mental illness, including substance abuse.

Questions to Consider:

1. What are the overall prevalence rates of victimization and mental illness among incarcerated women in the studies reviewed?
2. What types of samples are primarily used in the literature that is reviewed?
3. How could a needs assessment be used to develop an intervention to target this social problem?

Journal Article 3: Karras-Jean Gilles, J., Astuto, J., Gjicali, K., & Allen, L. (2018). Sample Retention in an Urban Context: Exploring Influential Factors Within a Longitudinal Randomized Evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation. DOI: 10.1177/1098214017742719

Summary: Secondary data analysis was employed to scrutinize factors affecting sample retention in a randomized evaluation of an early childhood intervention. Retention was measured by whether data were collected at 3 points over 2 years.

Questions to Consider:

1. What is the design of the evaluation the authors conducted?
2. How was retention in the sample impacted through recruitment and enrollment procedures?
3. What recommendations for evaluators do the authors provide?