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Purpose: This goal of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to describe the research question and hypothesis that you have developed for your proposal. You will also provide a problem statement to explain why your question is feasible and relevant to social work. You will get feedback from your instructor on this exercise that will help as you further develop the research proposal.

Designed around the open access textbook Scientific Inquiry in Social Work, by Dr. Matthew DeCarlo

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Exercise 1 is one of the assignment suggestions provided by the original textbook author Dr. Matthew DeCarlo that Dr. Erin Stevenson adapted for use in her SWK 340 course. This is openly licensed for re-use or further adaptation. For ease of adapting, materials are available as PDFs and Microsoft Word documents.

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SWK 340: Exercise 1. Writing the Research Question, Hypothesis and Problem Statement

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