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Graduate Psychology

A resource guide for the MS in Clinical Counseling and in Psychology

Purpose

This guide is specialized for our Psychology and Clinical Counseling graduate students. The resources highlighted here were chosen by your faculty and librarians to support your research.

Steps in the Research Process

Problem Statement Guidelines

Background: Provides context for the research problem. Articulates the issues and concerns that have created the problem. Reader should have the sense that the researcher has read and thought about the existing literature on this topic. 

 

Theory: Identifies the theoretical perspective through which the researcher is viewing the problem.

 

Importance: Identifies why it is it important to resolve this problem *from a psychological perspective.* 

 

Research problem: Specific, narrow, measurable, psychology-driven, and focused on a specific population. Reader should have the sense that the researcher has a specific, feasible population/sample/method in mind, though those are not explicitly covered in this section.