Sample Psychology Coursework Paper on Peer Review of a Proposal

Peer Review of a Proposal


            This proposal discusses the effect of self-compassion on the morale of a person that is suffering from burnout and disengagement from their work and places of employment. The cost of burnout regarding the performance of the workers and the resources used by an organization to cater to the adverse effects are also highlighted. The cost runs into billions of dollars used by organizations to recruit, train and provide for healthcare expenses of the workers that have been affected by burnout.

Strengths and Weaknesses of The Proposal


            The assessment tools used have been proven reliable, contributing to the reliability of the outcomes of the research. These tools include the Maslach Burnout inventory which has been found to have excellent reliability. The second assessment tool that has been used in the study is The Self-Compassion Scale that has been proven to have internal consistency. The plan of the study has been done meticulously with proper attention paid to all the steps and functional requirements for the research. The approach used in the collection and analysis of the data is quantitative, and this ensures that the outcomes are free of the biases held by the researcher. Writing and submitting the research to IRB and GCU promotes its credibility. The researcher has acknowledged the limitations of the research and stated them explicit


 The research question is too long and technical; it does not give the reader a quick peek at the contents of the study. This research question cannot be understood by persons that are not well versed in the academic discipline for which the research has been done. In the statement of the hypothesis for the research, the null hypothesis has not been specified, yet it is mentioned in the analysis section of the research. The SPSS tests that have been done on the data are complicated, requiring an expert to interpret. This makes it hard for ordinary persons to understand the outcomes of the research. The study is limited to the campus environment, where the majority of the clients and participants are restricted to a single demographic group. Yet, this research is expected to apply in a working environment, which consists of adults and older adults’ demographic groups.  

Potential Ethical Considerations

The Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey and Self-Compassion Scale tools that have been used in the research have collected personal information regarding the participants. This confidential information might be used to identify and victimize these participants in their places of work.

Areas That Need Clarification

            The areas that need clarification include the hypothesis, possibly by making its wording simpler and easy to comprehend (Creswell & Sinley, 2017). The hypothesis and the null hypothesis that has been rejected in the analysis section of the research. The sampling process and the criteria used in the selection of the participants also need to be clarified (Fishman, 2017). The research has also not mentioned the type of general occupations of the participants. This is because various occupations have different levels of stress. This stress contributes and influences the occurrence of burnout. 

Further suggestions

            The researcher should conduct expanded research including participants in workplaces that are external to the community college campus. It would also be better if the occupations were specified as being in the white collar or blue-collar sectors, to gather data that is more specific.  Explicit implications of the outcomes of the research also need to be stated at the end of the research report.


Creswell, J. W., & Sinley, R. C. (2017). Developing a culturally-specific mixed methods approach to global research. Kölner Zeitschrift Für Soziologie Und Sozialpsychologie, 69(2), 87-105.

Fishman, D. B. (2017). The pragmatic case study in psychotherapy: A mixed methods approach informed by psychology’s striving for methodological quality.Clinical Social Work Journal, 45(3), 238-252.