Sexual Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adult
Mental Health Nursing Article Analysis
1. The idea of this assignment is to prepare each student for writing an analysis of an article that reflects
2. This article critique will be:
Two pages in length (not including the cover page or the reference page)
Typed, double-spaced using font per APA format
Margins per APA format
One point will be deducted for each grammatical/spelling error
Step 1: Analyze the Article
As you read the article you plan to critique, the following questions will help you with the analysis:
What is the authors main point?
What is the authors purpose?
What argument does the author present to support their position?
What is the authors underlying assumptions or biases?
You may find it helpful to take notes about the article based on these questions as you read!
Step 2: Evaluate the Article
After you have read the article, you can begin to evaluate the authors ideas. The following questions
provide some ideas to help you:
Is the argument logical?
Is the article well organized, clear, and easy to read?
Are the authors facts accurate?
Have important terms been clearly defined?
Is there sufficient evidence for the arguments?
Do the arguments support the main theme?
Is the article appropriate for the intended audience?
Does the article present and refute opposing points of view?
Are there any words or sentences that evoke a strong response from you?
What is the origin of your reaction to this topic?
What questions or observations does this article suggest? In other words, how does this article stimulate your thinking?
Step 3: Plan and Write Your Critique
Write your critique in standard essay format. Begin with an introduction that defines the subject of your critique and your point of view. Defend your point of view by raising specific issues or aspects of the argument. Conclude you critique by summarizing your arguments and re-emphasizing your opinion.