THE TERM PAPER


This is a research focused paper. You are to select a disorder (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, etc.) or a category of mental conditions (i.e., Anxiety Disorders, Thought Disorders, Depressive Disorders, etc.) as defined by the DSM-IV or DSM-V. (If you do not have access to a DSM, you will find a copy in the reserve section on the 2nd floor of the school library: call number RC455.2 C4 D54.) Write a summary of current research related to an issue using at least two professional journal articles (anything published since January 2012). The issue you select must address diagnosis, risk factors, etiology, OR treatment of the disorder(s). You can incorporate other articles published after January 2012, but your two primary articles must be published after that date.

DO NOT USE THE SUE TEXTBOOK AS A SOURCE IN WRITING YOUR PAPER! This is an advance course requiring you to use original source materials. Everything must be based on the professional articles and othe professional sources like the DSM.

In your paper, address the controversies and the strengths and weaknesses you see in the research you're citing. Address contradictory conclusions by the papers’ authors and take a side, elaborating on why you agree (or disagree) with the different positions.

Examples of professional journals include Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders. There are literally hundreds of professional journals. PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO is a good source for these and are accessible through the school library's Article Database. There are also electronic journals available through the school's library. Be aware of online journal articles identified using Google and other popular search engines. These journals tend not to be primary resources.

Take Note: Psychology Today, WebMD and Psychcentral.com, AllPsych Online and other popular magazines and websites are not professional resources. Do not use these.

Be discerning. Some journals are better sources than others. Not all journals are juried. Some are on the fringe and reflect points of view that are of questionable scientific validity. Use of these and popular magazines/websites can negatively impact your grade.

This paper must be typed, double spaced and five (5) pages (plus or minus 1) not including title and reference pages. Use the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association as a style guide. For information on citing electronic references and answers to other frequently asked questions about APA Style, see http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx?imw=Y

The paper is worth 100 points and will be graded on a demonstrated understanding of the research you choose to explore and your ability to critique that research.. This is a 400 level class, and the paper is expected to reflect an appropriate level of grammatical and compositional mastery. The grade for this paper can be affected negatively by poor writing craftsmanship. Turing in the term paper after the due date and time listed on the course syllabus will result in a 25% penalty. A late paper MUST be faxed or e-mailed to me by the date and time indicated for a late paper.



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