Critical Thinking Application on DUI Research

Week 6 involved the identification of several causes and effects of your identified problem/issue. This Application Assignment requires that you integrate the top four causes and effects into a critical analysis narrative. A critical analysis narrative includes a thorough discussion of each cause (fully describe the source) and its effects (fully describe who is impacted and how). Following the description of all four causes and effects, a critical analysis narrative ends with a final paragraph that briefly summarizes the four causes and your reaction to the relationship between these causes and the development of the problem/issue.

To prepare:

Review Chapter 10 in the course text, Asking the Right Questions.
Review the list of identified causes and effects that you generated in Week 6.

Analyze causes and effects of a problem/issue.
Apply research to critical analysis of problem/issue.
Integrate causes/effects into a critical analysis narrative.

Identify the four causes and effects you have selected to incorporate into an integrated critical analysis narrative.
Write an integrated critical analysis narrative that incorporates the four causes and effects you identified.
Explain your reaction to the results of your critical analysis. Could these causes have been prevented? Which one do you think was most important in leading to the problem?

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...higher risk taking. In terms of critical thinking, to weigh in on this problem means to determine data without bias, studies that have impact, determining line of reasoning for the studies utilised in terms of application to the research undertaken, and the utilisation of a scientific process in determining resources, undertaking research and writing up of the paper.

If these elements of critical analysis were to be applied to the subject, the following are the results:
1. The materials I have chosen as exemplified in a previous resources review are up to date and have been chosen for the following - as qualitative and quantitative data resources, as public opinion resources, as policy information resources as well as reports that exemplify impact.
2. In the case of scientific studies, i.e. that of Spear (2015) on the effect of alcohol on adolescents, the author utilised scientific research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism with data from government resources and related studies. Similarly, the work of Williams (2001) gave a summary of current research on the topic based on data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The conclusions raised therefore were scientific and neutral - to describe and quantify the subject by means of available data and nothing more.
3. The opinions of the authors of the resources were raised against data. If data was checked, it supported the opinion. This is largely because news scientific studies, official data reports and news reports were the main resources so that positions and claims of the authors were based on them.
4. I have put together a problem statement which has become my basis for the study.
5. I have employed reflectivity in my review of the resources and in my own research process so far to determine any form of bias and hidden assumptions.
6. In my claims so far, I have made sure that for every position I take, I have evidence to support that claim.

Using these critical analysis elements, I have raised the following causes and effects based on evidence from my resources:

1. DUIs are the biggest killer of adolescents in the US. Supporting data (California Courts, 2015), "Eight teens die every day in DUI crashes. Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S. In 2003, ...