Psychology: Research Problem

Research problems in Psychology

Your thesis in Psychology should ask and answer a specific question, rather than broadly discuss a large topic area. Furthermore, your research problem should suggest one or more subsequent questions to your readers.

The statement of the research problem should be precise and concise. It should be coherent enough that you can readily discuss it with family or friends - and that they will understand it.

It is recommended that you go over the four key parts (Research Question, Hypothesis, Evidence, Conclusions & Broader Implications) in an outline before you start to write your proposal.

  • You may find it easier to write the Research Problem last, after you have already reviewed the literature in the Background of the Problem section, and fleshed out your Research Method
  • This may help you to focus your research problem and keep it concise