What is the purpose of the research?
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What was the scope of your study?
Where do these concrete specifics emerge in the writing process? You should gathermany concrete specifics in the prewriting steps of invention and discovery. If youhave many concrete specifics at hand before you organize or draft, you're likelyto think and write more easily and accurately. It's easier to write well when you'recloser to knowing what you're talking about.
One of the first tasks of a researcher is defining the scope of a study, i.e., its area (theme, field) and the amount of information to be included. Narrowing the scope of your thesis can be time-consuming. Paradoxically, the more you limit the scope, the more interesting it becomes. This is because a narrower scope lets you clarify the problem and study it at greater depth, whereas very broad research questions only allow a superficial treatment.
What are the implications of the findings?
Each one discusses her own experiencesin counseling lesbians and offers suggestions to other therapists of waysthey can be most helpful to their lesbian clients.
Each therapist talks openly about how the homophobia affectedher, how she dealt with it as a child, and how she learned to overcomethe negative messages she received.
What are the limitations of your research?
Implications for the practice of psychotherapywith lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are provided as well as some considerationsfor future research.
Each counselor then watched and listened to a videotapedclient-actor in one of four conditions: gay and HIV-infected, gay and HIV-negative,nongay and HIV-infected, or nongay and HIV-negative.
The sections below discuss each of these elements in turn.
PhD Dissertation, The University of Georgia.
The type of research design (e.g., experimental research, case study approach, grounded theory, ethnography, etc.)
Thesis,University of North Texas, DAI, Vol.
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Thesis, California School of Professional Psychology, DAI, Vol.
It may help to answer some of the following questions in order to write this part of the dissertation abstract:
The sample consisted of 83California-licensed psychotherapists.
Evaluations of the therapist were measured on the Counselor Rating Form(Barak & LaCrosse, 1975), and the participants' comfort in discussingvarious personal issues were measured on the Counseling Concerns Scale(McDermott, Tyndall & Lichtenberg, 1989).
They are part and parcelof the society within which they live.
Each participant reada description of a therapy situation in which the therapist's gender andattitudes toward coming-out (positive, neutral and negative) were manipulated.
Thesis, University of Houston, DAI,Vol.
An experimentwas conducted in order to examine the influence of a therapist's genderand expressed attitude toward coming-out on the therapy experience of participantswhen the therapist's sexual orientation was unknown.
Thesis, MGHInstitute of Health Professions, MAI, Vol.
One-hundred and twenty-threegay men and 65 lesbians completed surveys concerning their attitudes towardthe mental health profession and their experiences with it.
There were 255 useable surveys, for a response rateof 72%.
Results from the experiment suggested that gay maleparticipants' evaluations of a therapist's attractiveness, expertness andtrustworthiness and lesbian participants' evaluations of a therapist'sexpertness and trustworthiness were significantly influenced by attitudinalsimilarity.
Theresults of the analysis did not support the third hypothesis.
Finally, 60% of the respondents indicated that they would take legal actionagainst a therapist for disclosure to a third party.
Thesis, Chicago Schoolof Professional Psychology, DAI, Vol.
The instrument used a series of hypotheticalscenarios depicting various situations in which a mental health therapist,minister, or physician were in a counseling situation.
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