PSY 317 Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment - Chenier: Starting Your Search

Research Topic/Question

Example of a topic that is too broad:

Are video games bad for children?

Problem: Concepts like "bad" need to be defined as something measurable (e.g. increase violent behavior).

Example of a question that is too narrow:

Are Portland homeless teenagers addicted to drugs because they experienced child abuse?

Problem: Too many variables (homelessness/drug abuse/child abuse) and too limited population (Portland).

Example of a question that is easier to research: 

Does exposure to domestic violence impact children's social development? 

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