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Social Work Research Paper Topics

by Michelle Epperly, Demand Media

    Having a well-chosen topic for your social work research paper can help you to earn a high grade; later, it can be a deciding factor for a desired job. Choose a topic you are interested in and want to pursue in your future career. Research takes time, so make a schedule and stick to it to get the paper and research done by your deadline. With careful planning and an engaging topic, you'll be on your way to a well-written research paper.

    Effects of Stimuli on People

    Research on this topic involves two or more test groups. Each group is exposed to different stimuli and the findings are observed and recorded over a period of time. The conclusion demonstrates the effects the different stimuli had on the groups. For example, one group only watches the news for one week and the other only watches comedies for one week. What effects would each stimulus have on the groups? Do men and women have different reactions? There are many options with this topic.

    Traits of Addiction

    Although the traits of addiction are well documented, doing research on them is an educational experience. Interview addicts, family members, counselors and medical professionals. Use the data to come up with your own findings and compare them to the textbooks. Interviewing many families and addicts gives your paper a diverse range of traits to record and compare.

    Traits of Successful Relationships

    Interview people involved in different types of relationships or choose one to focus on. For example, you can choose friendships among women; interview the women in different stages of friendship to find out what the similar traits are that create successful relationships. Marriages and parent-child relationships are also ideal topics in this area.

    Behavior Modification Success

    Behavior modification is an ideal topic because most social work jobs are about helping people change their actions to change their life situations. This topic can be about research on child behavior in the home or in the classroom. You can also choose to research a criminal's behavior before and after committing the crime, while he is incarcerated and when he is released. Learning about the kinds of behavior modification tactics that work -- and don't work -- will help you be a better social worker in the future.

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    About the Author

    Michelle Epperly is a freelance writer based in Southern Oregon. She has been writing on a diverse range of topics since 2005. She has written articles and SEO content specializing in nutrition, real estate, parenting and life coaching.

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