University of Phoenix Material

A Research Plan


Part I - Research Problem




Think about something in psychology that you would be interesting in
studying. You can select a topic from what you will be studying in this
course, or another topic that seems intriguing to you.

Respond to the following in 45 to 90 words:
|Identify your research question and describe it. What about this topic |
|interests you? |
|My research plan is going to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or also |
|known as "PTSD". The topic is very interesting because I have an uncle |
|who was once a solider in the United States Army for 30 years and |
|Retired. He was deployed off and on all throughout his military career. |
|Every time he would come home from deployment in Iraq I would notice that|
|somethings were very strange, but I just didn't have a reason or |
|explanation of what it was. He also had many friends who also suffered |
|from PTSD, therefore I would like to understand them and their conditons |
|a lot better now that I am of age. |


Part II - The Scientific Method


Consider the scientific method and complete the following table explaining
each step of the scientific method in your own words. Please use complete
sentences to write 45 to 90 words describing each step.

|Step |Description |
|Formulate a testable |My hypothesis is that PTSD causes nightmares, |
|hypothesis. Make sure to |feelings of social aniety, and panics when |
|state it in specific, |situations unfamiliar have occurred. This also|
|observable, and |means panic and black outs when loud noises |
|measureable terms. |came out the middle of no where, self harm, or|
| |even the ability to keep a steady job. |
|Select the research method|I believe that the research method best |
|(ex: case study, |suitable for this would be observation, |
|observation, correlation, |surveying the subjects, and also interviews |
|experiment, etc.) and |before the observation begins. |
|design the study. | |
|Refer to Table 2.4 in the | |
|text for help. | |
|Data collection: |To collect data I would sit down and ask my |
|Whom will you study, |uncle and some of his friends that have PTSD |
|observe, or test? How many|as well from varying stresses in each one of |
|subjects would you need? |there lives. I would also like to do an |
|How will you collect the |interview with each individual and them |
|data? |answer a set of questions. Once completed I |
| |would observe them throughout the day on a day|
| |to day basis to a get a feel for how each |
| |individual interacted before, during, and |
| |after a PTSD episode. |
|Data analysis and |Once all of my data is gathered and organized |
|conclusions: |I would come to my conclusions and try to |
|How will you determine |explain this to them and those that helped me |
|your results? How can you |complete my research. |
|determine whether they are| |
|significant? | |
|What conclusions can you | |
|draw from your data? | |

Answer the following questions in about 90 to 175 words each:

|How did you use the scientific method in examining your research |
|question? Be sure to go over each step of the scientific method in your |
|response. |
|I would identify a problem to being with before moving on to the next |
|step, Something that I was extremely curious about. I would collect my |
|questions and issues. I would organize and gather a volunteer sector of |
|those who would've liked to help and maybe learn more to help and maybe |
|learn more about the PTSD issue that they have. Then we would collect the|
|much needed data and answer the questions that are there to find , if |
|this is really caused by a traumatic event in ones life or if this is an |
|underlying isse in a waiting process. |

|Why did you choose the research method you used in your study? Why was |
|it more appropriate than other methods you could have used? |
|I used the research method that I did because observing is more reliable,|
|especially a health illness such as PTSD. People with PTSD don't really |
|like speaking on the experiences that they have and how they react during|
|there episodes. I think that when it comes to doing research such as this|
|it is always best to observe because you get a chance