Summary of the Article
This study was developed to provide its reader with an understanding of Forgiveness Therapy as a key component for recovery for inpatient alcohol and substance abusers at a rehabilitation facility. Within this article a randomized group study was preformed with two groups of seven. These two groups underwent a study for approximately twelve sessions. One group specialized in Forgiveness Therapy while the others focused on alternative individualized treatment based on routine therapy techniques. This article was the first to question the effectiveness of Forgiveness Therapy as a main factor of relapse prevention.
Critique of the Title
Upon reviewing this article and evaluating the titles it can be determined that the title is sufficiently specific. According to Pyrcazak (2008), a title should not only be specific but concise. The title Effects of Forgiveness Therapy on Anger, Mood, and Vulnerability to Substance Use Among Inpatient Substance-Dependent Clients, provides the reader with an idea of who the participants in the study are. These participants, also known as variables, are the main characters involved in the research. The main characters in this research are the inpatient substance-dependent clients. The participants who were apart of the study were described as angry, anxious and depressed individuals. In addition, the title includes a connection regarding the effects that Forgiveness Therapy has on inpatient substance-dependent clients who display issues of anger, anxiety, depression and other related emotions that trigger their substance use (Lin, W., Enright, R, Krahn, D., and Baskin, T., 2004).
This title specifically mentions Forgiveness Therapy. Forgiveness Therapy is described as an advance theory in science that assist in the rehabilitation of drug dependent clients. The authors of this article have avoided describing the results in title. Although the title is specific, concise and provides a theory, it does not supply the reader with results. Also, the authors have presented an appropriate title free of yes-no question and jargons (Pyrczak 2008, pg17).
Critique of the Abstract
According to Pyrczak, presents a summary of a research report. The summary is a brief description of the entire article conduced to approximately 100 to 220 words. The abstract of this article, Effects of Forgiveness Therapy on Anger, Mood, and Vulnerability to Substance Use Among Inpatient Substance-Dependent Clients, gives the purpose of the study. According to the authors, the purpose of the study is to determine the effects of Forgiveness Therapy as a way of identifying triggers of fourteen patients who reside within a rehabilitation facility who suffers with substance use. The participants and general methodology for this article is based upon the study of fourteen patients who were recruited from a rehabilitation facility. The participants were randomly assigned to and completed twelve sessions...