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Research on Teen Independence

I need help with the research design aspect of the following:

Target age or age group-12-18 years-adolescent

Specific name of the theory (to be sure that we all understand each other, add the name of the theorist too)-Possibly Erickson's

Research question (be specific)-Degree of struggle for independence.

Research design (you may name the model and then try to explain how the model would be used to create a study) - help!

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your trust. This problem appears straightforward as it is asking you to present a workable research design for research on the topic of teen struggle for independence. The main trick here is combining theory to model for the purpose of designing research on the topic you want to explore. Don't worry, it's not difficult. The research question you have however needs more polishing as it is too broad. When you want to do research, it's ideal to focus on a particular phenomenon or area of research only to make it manageable. Additionally, from here, you can propose a hypothesis which your research design will have to prove or disprove dependent upon the model you choose to use. I suggest this simple outline:

1. Introduction - what is this study about, what is your purpose, what can be expected from this research design?
2. On Erik Erikson's developmental theory - provide a summary, especially of the main theoretical framework.
3. Your research questions, your main question, your hypothesis.
4. Research design - following the scientific form of inquiry, choose a model and explain how you will go through the research.

Don't forget to list your resources. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones



The research I would like to take on is one that will show the struggles that teens face in their bid to be independent. I find that this is an important subject of study as the stage of adolescence is difficult, confusing and demanding. Struggles about identity, the need for one's own space, the need ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) in putting together a research design on the topic that explores the struggles teens go through in a quest for independence. A theory is suggested and an outline is provided for the likely research. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.