Compare and Contrast Validity

Posted: August 6th, 2013

Compare and Contrast Validity

Validity refers to the extent at which a study is able measure what it is intended to measure. The titles of the two articles, “Health: Why stress may be good for you” and “Exploring Stress and Coping among Urban African American Adolescents: The Shifting the Lens Study” are designed to catch the attention of the reader (Carmichael, 2009). The first article is from a popular resource, Newsweek while the second one is a peer-reviewed article from a public health research. By convincing the target reader that they should read the article, both statements show validity. However, the title of the peer-reviewed article main objective is to acquire the reader’s attention on its usefulness, rather than being interesting. The popular resource article immediately catches the reader’s attention. The article talks of stress and its advantages. Both titles keep the reader enticed.



There are three measures of stress. They include novel, the unpredictability of an event or situation, lack of control in a person and for a situation. Both peer reviewed articles and popular resources describe stress as the feeling that a person gets when they are overwhelmed or have to deal with rare extremes. When a person is under stress, the body gives a response similar to one it would give when a person is in danger. Hormones that speed up the rate at which the heart pumps blood, are released by the body. In these, a person breathes in a faster rate than normally, hence increasing the amount of energy in the person. This is known as the fight response of stress.

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