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 The best literature reviews are not individual summaries of articles; rather, they are a combined synthesis.  


The best literature reviews are not individual summaries of articles; rather, they are a combined 
synthesis. In scholarly writing, 
to synthesize means to bring various ideas and pieces of information together. In this “bringing together,” new comparisons are drawn and new meanings derived. So, even though you are reporting on information in four different articles, you are also molding that information into a new and unique story you are telling about the research topic.

For a visual, you might think about each piece of information within a theme as a strand of yarn or rope.  You weave those strands together, put them against each other, twist them, and eventually you come up with a beautiful shape. In the literature review, this “weaving” looks like comparing, contrasting, and analyzing the articles in relationship to one another and the social work profession.

In this Assignment, you write a short literature review on your research topic, keeping the principle of synthesis in mind.


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· Review the Learning Resources on writing a literature review. You may also wish to consult the Writing Toolbox in the left navigation of your classroom for additional resources relevant to writing your literature review.

· Review the annotated outline you submitted last week and any feedback you have received from your Instructor.

· With this feedback in mind, write a 2-page literature review based on your annotated outline.


Submit a 2-page literature review demonstrating what is known about your topic and any identified gaps. The literature review must include at least four of the peer-reviewed research articles you found. 

At the end of your literature review, write 1 to 2 paragraphs answering the following question:

· How will you change, refine, or focus your research question based on your exploration of the literature? Provide justification.

Make sure to include appropriate APA citations and a reference list.


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The effects of Marijuana on the Mental Health of Adolescents

Lua Shanks

Dr. Leith

SOCW 6301


The effects of Marijuana on the Mental Health of Adolescents

a) Introduction:

Thesis statement: Marijuana use in adolescents has serious negative effects on their mental health.

b). Research Questions

I. What are the effects of marijuana use on the mental health of adolescents?

II. What is the role of social workers in helping adolescents overcome marijuana use and its effects?

c). Short-term Effects of Marijuana use on the Mental Health of Adolescents

The short-term effects on the mental health of adolescents include impaired judgement, altered attention, impaired short memory, impaired balance and coordination, and paranoia.

d). Long-term effects of marijuana use on the mental health of Adolescents.

The long-term effects include high chances of marijuana addiction, increased risk of bronchitis and chronic cough, potential of loss of memory, increased risk of schizophrenia.

e). The role of social workers in helping Adolescents to overcome the Problem.

Social workers can provide counseling services, can recommend rehabilitation where necessary, and create awareness of the problem to the adolescents.

f). Conclusion


Blest-Hopley, G., Colizzi, M., Giampietro, V., & Bhattacharyya, S. (2020). Is the adolescent brain at greater vulnerability to the effects of cannabis? A narrative review of the evidence.
Frontiers in psychiatry,
11, 859.

Dhein, S. (2020). Different effects of cannabis abuse on adolescent and adult brain.
105(11-12), 609-617.

Frolli, A., Ricci, M. C., Cavallaro, A., Lombardi, A., Bosco, A., Di Carmine, F., … & Franzese, L. (2021). Cognitive development and cannabis use in adolescents.
Behavioral Sciences,
11(3), 37.

Gobbi, G., Atkin, T., Zytynski, T., Wang, S., Askari, S., Boruff, J., … & Mayo, N. (2019). Association of cannabis use in adolescence and risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidality in young adulthood: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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