This is the tricky part of research.
In fact, most people in the general population think research is a sham because it can’t tell you for sure and it can’t tell you loads of stuff – that you think you want to know.
Here is what research can do – it can give you clues, leads and dead ends. In fact, research is a lot more like hunting in the woods then looking up something on the internet.
For example, if I do a google search on shitake mushrooms – I’ll find more than 17,000,000 hits within .4 seconds, however if I go out to the woods to seek out a shitake mushroom, I will have to really look. I will have to take my time, learn more about what they don’t look like (don’t eat poison!) and figure out where they live.
Research is more like the latter then the former. When I finally happen upon the great shitake – I will be thrilled – this is really it!
But I won’t be able to prove that until I have learned a lot and from a lot of different points of view. Ironically, I may never find the shitake mushroom…
So, what can 9 people tell us?
Well they can give us one point of view… one scent… one paw print or one idea of the direction to take to find out more.
So far, Adriaan Denkers and I have collected just this much research on 9 people experiencing homelessness. These people participated in ‘A Slice of Happiness’ 10-week Innate Health Homelessness Program in the Slough, Middlesex and Watford, Hertfordshire, England area.
This preliminary study – meaning we wanted to find out if we were asking the right kinds of questions before we dug into a bigger group, wrote up a fifty-page application for a human ethics committee (yes 50 pages) and travelled to meet the participants to conduct in-depth interviews – asked about:
- How much self-control do they experience?
- Do they feel more positive or negative much of the time?
- How is their individual wellbeing?
- How moral do they feel?
- How much self-esteem do they have?
- What kinds of behaviors (social or anti-social for example) do they engage in?
Only we asked all these things with questions – developed by researchers – before and after they took the Innate Health homelessness program.
While the results are premature, meaning we can’t make ANY CLAIMS, the outcomes were still promising and gave us signs that we are searching in the right area of the woods.
Included in this blog are graphs for each of the 5 main results!
Conclusion – In researchers’ language
This first analyses of the outcomes appear to be very encouraging.
After the program the participants report (somewhat) higher levels of well-being, self-control and moral self-worth, and also reduced negative affect and anti-social behavior.
The results of this study appear to justify continuation of the project and further research!
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