Impact of Domestic Abuse in Child's Development

Assessment Details
Dissertation (10,000 words)
Students are required to carry out a literature-based. I order to complete this task; students are
required to:
✓ Identify a concept or theme relevant to social work principles and social work practice,
✓ Formulate a research question,
✓ Rationalise and emphasise the significance of undertaking this secondary study,
✓ Thoroughly present and justify appropriate methodology and methods used,
✓ Present the findings emerging from their study and critically approach them through
theoretical frames,
✓ Demonstrate the ability to draw conclusions and link them to future trends in practice, policy
and/or research.

Appendix D: Dissertation structure (IT IS JUST INDICATIVE)
Below is a suggested outline of the final dissertation for MA based on a desk-based dissertation. The indicated word count is only a suggestion and will be decided with your supervisors.
Title page
Dedication (if preferred)
Acknowledgements (if preferred)
List of tables/ figures (if applicable)
List of abbreviations (if applicable)
Chapter 1: Research overview (1500-2000)
 Introduction/ background
 Developed research query
 Research aims and objectives
 Overview of the dissertation
Chapter 2: Methodology (1500-2000 word)
 Explain and justify the methodology used for this project
 Discuss the theoretical underpinnings you are applying1
 Explain the process of the study (e.g. literature search)
 Search criteria (where applicable)
o Inclusion and exclusion criteria
 Key words and number of hits (for literature reviews)
 Discuss and evidence the sifting process
 Method of data analysis
 Ethical considerations
Chapter 3: Critical review of the literature (2500-3000 words)
 Present the findings from this study
 What themes emerged from the study?
 Are there any sub-themes that emerged as well?
Chapter 4: Discussion/Critical analysis (1500-2000 words)
 Following chapter three, which reports on your findings, use this chapter to extensively
reflect on the emergent concepts from the reporting of the themes
 The discussion needs to be accompanied with the theoretical underpinnings identified in
chapter two
Chapter 5: Conclusions and recommendations for practice (1500-2000 words)
 Concluding thoughts
 Recommendations for practice and research

 Limitations of the study

1 Theories and theoretical underpinnings are the core lenses via which the findings are interpreted
and discussed. This is one of the most important methodological parts of the dissertation; it validates its rigour. Some examples of theories employed to assess and understand findings in research may include Feminism, Social Constructivism, Interpretivism, Psychodynamic theories, Social Model of life, Social Valorisation theory, Chaos theory, etc.
The reference to theories applied in practice interventions, such as ecological theory, attachment
theory, and so on, are of good use here too, but cannot be used as wide theoretical frameworks to
explain a phenomenon when their purpose is to indicate parts of everyday life that help with the
practical side of social work.

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