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Section 1 Foundations of Doctoral Study / Chapter 7 Preparing for Writing
Doctoral learners with learning styles that may not benefit from the linear nature of the written outline should consider creating a concept map.
In this example, depression is the focus of the paper; treatment and causes of depression are supporting topics. Exercise, physical health, and nutrition are elements related to treatment, as well as stressors. Stressors are in turn related to the causes of depression and negative thoughts. Self-esteem is related to causes, and as treatment is provided, self-esteem improves.