Psychological Research


Methodological issues include the technique utilized in analyzingdata and the credibility of sources. Concerning data analysis,content analysis method has been employed, which focuses on thefigure of articles that have been published on a specific topic(Piotrowski, 2012). It is an issue because there is minimalconsideration concerning the reasons for publishing the articles,like enhancing education. The credibility of sources is alsoquestionable, as the article does not focus on material evaluated inthe articles, rather the topic of the article. This raises thequestion of if the published articles depict what is preciselyhappening in practice.

The chosen topic is suicide, which has received an almost constantlevel of psychological research emphasis. Potential study questionsand research design:

  1. Which are the widely employed techniques in committing suicide?

An epidemiological research design is applied in responding to thequestion. It entails researching the sequences, causes and impacts ofhealth and illness amid suicidal persons. Suicidal individuals areemployed because they are most probable to have attempted suicide.The method used in the attempt becomes significant in the research.The epidemiological design employs available records on persons thathave committed suicide to determine the different methods utilized.The findings are then organized depending on the frequency of amethod, for instance, suicide through taking pills may rank higherthan suicide by hanging.

  1. Who are at more risk of committing suicide?

A control/comparison group is the research design employed inresponding to the research question. The research design involvesusing a comparison group of males and females that have committedsuicide, as well as their age groups. Comparing the findings providesa figure of which gender is more probable to commit suicide and atwhat ages.


Piotrowski, C. (2012). Research Areas of Emphasis in ProfessionalPsychology: Past and Current Trends. Journal of InstructionalPsychology, 39(2): 131-135.