It is useful to begin by formulating your research topic as a question:
Choose the words that have substantive meaning in your question:
Ignore words such as effects, relationship, impact, benefits, words that point to a relationship among concepts. The main concepts will be keywords used in your search!
It is helpful to think of synonyms or related terms for your main concepts:
OR broadens the search; use it to combine synonyms or related terms:
AND narrows the search; use it to combine your concepts:
(domestic violence OR family violence) AND (children OR youth OR teenagers OR adolescents) AND (witnessing or exposure)
(abused women OR battered females) AND (group therapy OR individual therapy)
(domestic violence OR family violence) AND (child* OR youth* OR teen* OR adolescen*) AND (witness* OR exposure)
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