Problem Formulation
Section I: A brief statement naming and describing the research problem
What is the problem?
What are two to three components of this problem?
Who are the people and communities that are affected by this problem??
Why is it a problem that this particular group of people is experiencing this problem?
What makes this a social work problem?
What do you want to know about this problem?
Sources Note: This section is where the demographic information is placed. For instance, characteristics regarding who is affected, how they are affected, how many people are affected, and where or what geographical information may be most affected is shared.
Section II: A brief background placing the importance of the research problem in the context of social work service delivery.
What is the history of this problem?
How has this problem (or ones similar to it) been addressed in the past?
Source Note: This section is where sources about the history of the problem and other studies that have explored this problem are placed.
Section III: A discussion of why it is important to study this problem with respect to social work practice.
Will greater research into this problem area will benefit social workers and or social work clients? If so, explain how.

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