Income and Weight Gain

For this document, I need 3 to 3 1/2 pages doubled spaced in APA 7th edition. This work is for a dissertation. The information to be written will be about the elements of the methods section of the study. I have attached information from the proposal so you can understand the study background and to use it as a guide. Below, I listed important aspects of the study. I will also list the headings to be included in the paper. Please provide up-to-date references, if needed.

Study Specifics:

Quantitative Research

Correlational Research Design

Convenience Sampling

Survey Research: Questionnaire

Problem Statement: The effect of household income and weight gain among African American adult women

Purpose Statement: This study will be conducted to examine how household income/decreases has contributed to obesity among the target population.

Research Questions: To what extent, if at all, is there a relationship between decreases in household income and weight gain?

Hypothesis: African American adult women who experience a decrease in their household income will increase weight gain.

Theoretical Framework:  Utility Theory

Variables:  Independent- Household Income

Dependent– Weight Gain

Study Instrument to Measure Variables: Household Pulse Survey




Paper Heading:


  1. Introduction (briefly add the answers to the questions listed below in the intro section)

What is the importance of the methodology section in planning a study? What is the importance of a thorough and well-written methodology section when reporting data and preparing to submit an article based on the research for publication?
What steps will be followed when drafting and refining a methodology section? What are at least two issues to avoid when writing the methodology section (for example, what information does not belong)? Why?

  1. Sample Purpose and Plan
  2. Materials and Procedures
  3. Instrumentation
  4. Data Collection
  5. Data Analysis


Information to consider when writing the methods paper:

The methods section of a research paper provides the information by which a study’s validity is judged. Therefore, it requires a clear and precise description of how an experiment was done, and the rationale for why specific experimental procedures were chosen. The methods section should describe what was done to answer the research question, describe how it was done, justify the experimental design, and explain how the results were analyzed. Scientific writing is direct and orderly. Therefore, the methods section structure should: describe the materials used in the study, explain how the materials were prepared for the study, describe the research protocol, explain how measurements were made and what calculations were performed, and state which statistical tests were done to analyze the data. Once all elements of the methods section are written, subsequent drafts should focus on how to present those elements as clearly and logically as possibly. The description of preparations, measurements, and the protocol should be organized chronologically. For clarity, when a large amount of detail must be presented, information should be presented in sub-sections according to topic. Material in each section should be organized by topic from most to least important.