Finding Research Questions and Searching Literature

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Assignment Overview

Research is important to the continued improvement of professional practice, and determining a focused research question is a crucial first step in the research process. A good research question may suggest a range of potential hypotheses that a researcher would like to investigate, but such a question most importantly provides focus and direction for a researcher's initial efforts.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAs and practice behaviors:

  • EPA 2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
    • PB 2.1.6.A: Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Explain how practice experience can inform a research study.
        • 2. Explain how studying relevant literature can inform the research design process.
  • EPA 2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
    • PB 2.1.6.B: Use research evidence to inform practice.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Explain how practice experience can inform a research study.
        • 2. Explain how studying relevant literature can inform the research design process.

Assignment Description

This first assignment will become the foundation for the research plan that you will create in this course. Planning a research study requires critical attention to details, beginning with a well-articulated research topic and derived research question. The overarching research question drives the literature search, as well as the methods of data collection and analysis. This first assignment requires that you consider your already-defined research question and the various sources of information that might inform your proposed study.

Assignment Instructions


Complete the following:

  1. Explain why you selected this research question.
  2. Describe what you already know about the problem.
    • How might your practice experience inform a study regarding this problem, given the research problem that you have identified?
    • What do you know about the origins, prevalence, and correlates of the problem?
    • How might you apply your personal and professional knowledge and skills to the study planning process, if you were to conduct a study on this topic?
  3. Explain how a search of the literature on the topic that you have selected can inform both the researcher and influence the research design process.
    • What functions does the literature review serve?
    • How you might go about conducting a literature review for your proposed study on the topic that you chose? Describe the steps you might take.
  4. Explain whether there are other sources of information that might be related to your topic.
    • What are the sources?
    • How might you go about getting this information?

Additional Requirements

The assignment you submit is expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards.
  • Length of paper: Minimum of three double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

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Research Question “Are there adequate services available to pregnant women with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders?” This question has been on my mind from working with this moms with the Healthy Start program for a year now. I have encountered many pregnant women that have reported to me they were unable to connect with substance abuse and mental health services in the area. I am very interested in exploring services for pregnant women. More specifically, services for those with substance use and/or mental health disorders. I chose this topic because I believe when substance use and mental health disorders goes untreated and unsupported, it becomes a problem for not only the individual but for the community as well. I work at an agency that service prenatal and parenting woman. The clients we serve are pregnant women but many are dealing with other things besides pregnancy. Recently it has been reoccurring that the prenatal moms are dealing with substance abuse issues and some also have mental health diagnosis, which can lead to postpartum depression. It is my experience with these clients that drives me to ask if they receive the services needed throughout their pregnancy. At the agency that I work, case managers give information to the clients on mental health. The resources suggested to clients by the case workers are: counseling service, Catholic Charities, Sanctuary for Life, and support groups. When using Neuman’s 4 techniques with turning topics into a research question I definitely looked into the resources available as well as talked it over with people (Neuman, 2012, p.91). The people I have interacted with are actual clients that are dealing with this issue at hand. While conducting my research, I realized that I am not the first person to pursue this issue. To conduct this study, I will interview women that I’ve encounter that are willing to seek help with substance abuse and mental health issues during pregnancy. Together we will set up goals that they wish to achieve. From there, I will do research and see what help is in the area that will aid and provide those services. References Neuman, W. L. (2012). Basics of social research: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson. ...
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