Literature Review: Depression/Suicide Adolescents

ASSIGNMENT 3: INDIVIDUAL LITERATURE REVIEW (Content will relate to the PET’s program evaluation proposal ON Program Evaluation Team (PET) Program evaluation proposal TOPIC

Topic: Depression/ Suicide in Adolescents 13-19 range preferred

In this 7-page paper (with 150 words double-spaced on separate page abstract), students will summarize an existing body of literature concerning the topic that they will focus upon when they begin their group Program Evaluation Proposal with their Program Evaluation Team (PET).

  • This INDIVIDUAL literature review assignment will focus upon what prior research tells us about this topic?
  • What methods have been employed and on which populations?
  • Indicate what the literature offers regarding different theoretical orientations and points of view.
  • What does prior writing in the areas of research, theory, policy, and practice have to say about the topic? How is present opinion divided?
  • Discuss how the program evaluation project fits within the existing literature.

Students must use professional sources of information in their review of the literature, APA format, use 12-pitch font, have 1-inch margins, and a reference list. As always, abstract, title page, reference pages, graphs, appendices do not count toward final page count.

Minimum 10 references

*****Program my group is focusing on in case needed.****

Examples of topics to cover

-types of treatment (residential, outpatient, medicine, group therapy)

-statistics on numbers (ages, gender, race)

-specify in depression or suicide.

-studies done

-causes ( chemical imbalance, hereditary, trauma, bullying, abuse, substance, childhood)

 Open for exploring, will eventually be used in program evaluation paper for Mclean Hospital ART program



 Please use the PowerPoint provided to you by your instructor – as well as your text and other articles, etc.

Your literature review will be clearly organized in meaningful sections and sub-sections reflecting the range of material to be covered organize your paper with heading levels (SEE APA!)

  • Title page (separate page)
  • Abstract page – 150 single-spaced words (separate page)
  • Your literature review: DOUBLE-SPACED, 7 pages, 1-inch margins, 12 pitch font

The title page, abstract and reference pages DO NOT COUNT toward the 7-page limit.

Remember that your literature review INCLUDES BOTH supportive and non-supportive findings from other studies of your phenomenon – “…it contains multiple perspectives, including opposing findings….” (Szuchman & Thomlison, 2008, p. 61)


Suppose you are going to be evaluating a program that provides re-entry services for women released from prison and jail. You would need to know what the research already tells us about such factors as a “profile” of women (might include location/families/etc.) who have been incarcerated in prison/jail. What factors are related to their incarceration (individual and social level) – what types of issues and what types of supports or interventions have been tried thus far? For what type of issues are additional or different supports needed? WE WILL DISCUSS MORE IN CLASS!

What are the service needs of incarcerated women?

  1. Abstract (150 words) single-spaced: explain what your literature is about-IT IS THE LAST PART OF THE PAPER YOU WRITE BECAUSE it is then that you can more easily say, “THIS IS WHAT IS reviewed, this is what we know and maybe point out some particular points.

This literature review examined the existing literature having to do with the service needs of incarcerated women. Women have been entering prisons and jails at rates x time higher than men since __ (Fein, 2012; Bombay, 2010; Colorado, 2010). Thus far the research shows that these women tend to come into these secure facilities with a variety of physical and mental health problems (Resnik, 2000; Fein 2011) and are in need of gender-specific services to address many of these problems and to increase the likelihood of successful community reintegration (Fein, 2011; Jeremiah, 2012; Joplin, 2012). The research shows that thus far, women come in sick and leave sicker (blah, 2013; blah blah, 2012). This has serious implications for women, their families, and communities in general.

  1. Introduction (the rest of the paper is to be double spaced):

Define the topic/issue/phenomenon (this gives CONTEXT) and important related constructs.  Point out overall trends in what has been published; conflicts


  1. The Body of the Review – WHAT DO WE KNOW and WHAT IS UNKNOWN!!!!!!!

You might put this into context in the following manner. The number of women offenders who are incarcerated has grown faster than that of men, increasing over 246% as compared to 56% for men between 2002 and 209 (Fein, 2010). It is important to note that increase that does not appear to be related to any changes in women’s criminal activity, as no significant changes in the frequency of types of criminal behavior. Research has shown that there are areas of commonality among incarcerated women in terms of life experiences, but the much of the research has been conducted on smaller samples, and are difficult to generalize (Fein, 2008; Smith & Fein, 2008; Criquet, 2010; Hylai, 2011). A number of feminist researchers have investigated possible reasons for this increase; some have postulated that it is the result of a war on black women (Kursh, 2008; Jezz, 2010, Owen & Bloom, 2011, Fein, 2011), whereas others have reported that the evidence points to an increase in criminal behavior by women (Denato, 2009; Johnny Christmas, 2012). The work by Denato used a nationally representative sample, gathering data from a number of different groups, including criminal justice officials and women offenders. Her study does an excellent job of combining both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the issue. Christmas on the other hand, used a convenience sample in a small southern prison. While very important, because the sample was a non-probability sample, it is likely not representative of women in prison in general.


NOTE TO STUDENTS: REMEMBER that the introduction “introduces” the reader to the phenomena/issue and related key factors of interest. So for example, with the above research question, I might have to cover the research on areas of need – strengths and areas for growth/need (substance use, parenting, mental health (depression/PTSD), employment, physical health care, etc….and incarcerated women (or women under jurisdictional supervision).

  1. Conclusion/Implications

Summarize major contributions of significant studies

Evaluate the current “state of the art” (so what do we know and what don’t we know)

What are the implications of the information that you have presented in your literature review