Exploratory Research Essay

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Although there are several methods to conduct research studies, there is one in particular that interests me most. This method of research is called the exploratory research study. This type of research is typically conducted for a problem that has not yet been clearly defined or resolved. Exploratory research is not usually generalized to a population of people, but to a select few or small group that is affected by the issue at hand.
One study that has not only captivated my attention because of the rising number of people that are affected, but has also been an on-going battle in my personal life is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse (PTSD). PTSD/SUD is when a person learns to cope with traumatic life experiences through
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Extensive research is performed and tested, both on veterans and civilians to determine if the traumatic experience is causing the substance abuse and vice versa. Exploratory research often heavily relies on secondary research through consumers, previously documented data, and subjects suffering with the illness and dual diagnosis, and a more formal approach through in depth interviews, like focus groups. Highly qualified and educated individuals, such as doctors and therapists that have worked with individuals with this disease have agreed to the following ” The results of exploratory research are not usually useful for decision-making by themselves, but they can provide significant insight into a given situation. Although the results of qualitive research can give some indication as to the "why", "how" and "when" something occurs, it cannot tell us "how often" or "how …show more content…
The reason the treatment for PTSD/SUD is so long and tenacious is because there isn’t one real answer on how to resolve it or to lessen the effects of the disorder. I feel like if more people in that specific field that dedicated more time in really understanding this issue that so many are affected by then maybe there would be a better chance of someone like me and many others having a chance of having a successful recovery.
In conclusion, exploratory research is the only method of research study that has the potential in really unmasking the truths about PTSD/SUD. Without this type of extensive research being performed daily we will never get anywhere with developing more effective coping

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