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Identify the Problem

Some other points to keep in mind in developing your social problem:
  • Be sure that you develop a specific social problem within a particular period of time related to one or more general concepts and themes.
  • Many of the examples on the sample list are intended to be used as a starting point
  • Avoid developing a problem statement that is too specific or too general. The AHPPA will involve quite a bit of research. Therefore, a problem that is overly specific may result in your spending a great deal of time on something relatively trivial. On the other hand, a problem that is too general may be unsolvable.
  • Try to develop a problem within a concept that can be compared to other similar types of problems in other time periods or today

Worksheet 1: Define the Problem (HTML version)
Worksheet 1: Define the Problem (MSWORD version)


Step 2: Gather the Evidence