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Each modification of the problem will suggest further reading of relevant sources. 1 The review process enables you to hook your study onto the chain of scientific knowledge; in isolation, your work might not be of interest to other researchers, or its importance might be overlooked. Presenting the problem background thus serves the following purposes: • Proper placement of your study in the context of current theory. The consumer of your research should be able to identify its theoretical base and the implications of this theory which you have pursued in formulating your testable propositions.
Papers may have been written in a language which you do not read, and for which translators are hard to find. Likewise, other researchers whose work is crucial to yours may be unreachable during the period that you will need information and advice. These matters must be taken into account in the planning stage. In the foregoing, we have emphasized that before committing yourself to a particular research problem you should consider the costs and availability of resources needed to answer the question you have posed.
1952). " A study of differing reactions to pain in a hospital setting, by Jewish, Irish, Italian, and "Old American" patients. Theoretical framework: illness behavior is a culturally and socially learned response in primitive societies and in American life. Proposed explanation of differences was in terms of maternal protectiveness attitudes. Earlier studies focused on social-class status of the patients. Later studies attempted to test hypotheses that differences are attributable to income level, to extent of religious involvement, and to other variables.