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Psychology paper on abnormal psychology in the United States.

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Psychology 345 Major Paper Handout (95 Points)
At this point, you will have reviewed the literature on a topic relevant to Abnormal Psychology. You
will also have received feedback on your Major Paper Proposal. The purpose of this Major Paper
Proposal was to learn more about a topic that you are interested in and to provide you with information
that will help maximize your points. The Major Paper is worth 95 points, so make sure that you
carefully review and incorporate your feedback. If you did not receive feedback on the sections of your
Major Paper Proposal (#1-#3), you are free to use the same existing material from your Major Paper
Proposal or modify it. All sentences and paragraphs (5-7 sentences) must be of a reasonable length.
The Major Paper should:
1. Clearly state the topic relevant to abnormal psychology in the United States. (1P of 5-7 sentences)
a. Formulate the topic in terms of a research question (worded as an exact question from the list) and last
sentence of #1.
2. Discuss personal interest in the topic and why it was chosen. (1P of 5-7 sentences) (first person here)
3. Indicate why this topic/issue is relevant to abnormal psychology. Be specific. (1P of 5-7 sentences)
4. Discussion of the topic related to the research question. This is the main body of your Major Paper.
a. It is likely that all eight of your references will be cited here.
b. All paragraphs should be indented five spaces and should be 5-7 sentences.
5. Conclusions and discussion of your research topic and question. (2P of 5-7 sentences)
6. Discuss the aspect of your Major Paper that contributed most to your understanding of the research
topic and question. (1P of 5-7 sentences) (first person here).
7. List and discuss two ways you could use the information learned from your Major Paper in your
personal or professional life. Write one paragraph about what you can do with the education and
skills you have now and one paragraph about what you hope to do in the future. (2P of 5-7
sentences) (first person here).
8. Your Major Paper should be written using People First Language. This means that you put the person
before their disability. Under no circumstances should you use words like crazy, retarded, crippled,
handicapped, etc. You may want to review the Announcement.
9. The Major Paper should begin with a cover page, include a minimum of six full pages of text (top to
bottom), and end with a separate Reference(s) page listing all eight cited references. All references on the
Reference(s) page must be cited in the body of the Major Paper, and all references cited in the body of
your Major Paper should be on your Reference(s) page. All journal articles must include the Digital
Object Identifier (DOI) and no links.
10. The minimum length requirement for the Major Paper is a cover page, six full pages of text (top to
bottom, and a Reference(s) page with all references. You are free to write more.
11. Your Major Paper must be written in third person (except for #2, #6, and #7). This means that you
may not use words such as I, you, we, our, us, etc., on any question unless your opinion is required. Do
not share any personal information that causes you distress
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Strategies for Earning Maximum Points
1. Review and incorporate information from the Syllabus, the Major Paper Topics Handout, the Major
Paper Handout, and all feedback.
2. The focus of your Major Paper should be on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the
psychological disorder you chose. You may also write a small section on medication (no more than 2P).
a. The main focus of your Major Paper should not be on medications, the brain, neurology, genetics,
biology, vaccines, etc.
3. Write your Major Paper in order and according to the Major Paper Handout.
4. Your Major Paper must be written as a document, not a series of numbered questions and answers (or
side headings of the questions and answers).
5. Write your Major Paper in APA. Major Papers not in APA will not be accepted or graded.
6. Paraphrase in your Major Paper. Points will be deducted for quotes.
7. Make sure that you follow length requirements for all paragraphs (no more than 5-7 sentences each).
8. Check that the references on the Reference(s) page are cited in the main body of your Major Paper, and
the citations in the main body of your Major Paper are on the Reference(s) page. Include the Digital
Object Identifier (DOI), and no links are required.
9. Use spell check and grammar check. Consider having someone “proof” your Major Paper.
10. At minimum, you must have an approved research question (worded as a question) and Reference(s)
page before you begin your Major Paper. You will not earn points for this, and it must be submitted to
LPP on BB no later than 6/26 at 11:59pm. No Major Papers will be accepted or read without either the
Major Paper Proposal or LPP submitted by their due dates.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. The best way to get in touch with me is through e-mail
or text. Please do not wait for the day the assignment is due if you require assistance.
Psychology 345 Major Paper Topics
Worded as a Question
Paper Proposal Handout: Use with Syllabus
1. How does Abnormal Psychology address Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
2. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
3. How does Abnormal Psychology address Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)?
4. How does Abnormal Psychology address Bipolar I and Bipolar II Disorder?
5. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Eating Disorders? If you choose this option you will write on
two eating disorders (Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder) and you should adjust
your research question to reflect these two.
6. How does Abnormal Psychology address Gender Dysphoria?
7. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Alcohol-Related Disorders and Cannabis-Related Disorders?
8. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality
Disorder? If you choose this topic, please note that there is a gender difference that you should be prepared to
address in your paper.
9. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Schizophrenia?
10. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
11. How does Abnormal Psychology Address Autism Spectrum Disorder? (If you choose this topic,
remember that ASD is not caused by vaccines, and points will not be earned for this discussion).
Notes:
a. For your Major Paper Proposal, choose one of the topics listed above. Choose your topic carefully because
you will be spending a lot of time addressing this issue. Read this Handout carefully.
b. *Read the Paper Proposal section of the Syllabus. A Paper Proposal (2-5 full pages) in APA format will
be turned in. The page length for the Paper Proposal reflects the cover page, the written answers (page 5 of
the Syllabus, Questions 1-3), and the references page. A Paper Proposal is required for the Major Paper so
make sure that the Paper Proposal is turned in by or on the established due date.
c. If you choose a topic that addresses two disorders, roughly half of your references will be on the first
disorder and half of your references will be on the second disorder. You will write two sections on your
Major Paper, one on the first disorder and one on the second. You will not be “mixing” the two disorders
together. Although some articles may discuss multiple disorders, limit your discussion to just the two
disorders under consideration.
d. Several articles were posted for DB #2. They are all peer review articles. You may use one of the articles
for your Major Paper (if the topic of the article fits your research question).
e. Choose your references carefully. The focus of your Major Paper should be on the assessment, diagnosis
(DSM-5), and treatment of the disorder (topic) you chose. You may write a small section on medication (no
more than 2P of 5-7 sentences). Remember that assessment leads to a diagnosis (DSM-5), and diagnosis
serves as a guide to treatment.
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Psychology 345 Major Paper Handout (95 Points)
At this point, you will have reviewed the literature on a topic relevant to Abnormal Psychology. You
will also have received feedback on your Major Paper Proposal. The purpose of this Major Paper
Proposal was to learn more about a topic that you are interested in and to provide you with information
that will help maximize your points. The Major Paper is worth 95 points, so make sure that you
carefully review and incorporate your feedback. If you did not receive feedback on the sections of your
Major Paper Proposal (#1-#3), you are free to use the same existing material from your Major Paper
Proposal or modify it. All sentences and paragraphs (5-7 sentences) must be of a reasonable length.
The Major Paper should:
1. Clearly state the topic relevant to abnormal psychology in the United States. (1P of 5-7 sentences)
a. Formulate the topic in terms of a research question (worded as an exact question from the list) and last
sentence of #1.
2. Discuss personal interest in the topic and why it was chosen. (1P of 5-7 sentences) (first person here)
3. Indicate why this topic/issue is relevant to abnormal psychology. Be specific. (1P of 5-7 sentences)
4. Discussion of the topic related to the research question. This is the main body of your Major Paper.
a. It is likely that all eight of your references will be cited here.
b. All paragraphs should be indented five spaces and should be 5-7 sentences.
5. Conclusions and discussion of your research topic and question. (2P of 5-7 sentences)
6. Discuss the aspect of your Major Paper that contributed most to your understanding of the research
topic and question. (1P of 5-7 sentences) (first person here).
7. List and discuss two ways you could use the information learned from your Major Paper in your
personal or professional life. Write one paragraph about what you can do with the education and
skills you have now and one paragraph about what you hope to do in the future. (2P of 5-7
sentences) (first person here).
8. Your Major Paper should be written using People First Language. This means that you put the person
before their disability. Under no circumstances should you use words like crazy, retarded, crippled,
handicapped, etc. You may want to review the Announcement.
9. The Major Paper should begin with a cover page, include a minimum of six full pages of text (top to
bottom), and end with a separate Reference(s) page listing all eight cited references. All references on the
Reference(s) page must be cited in the body of the Major Paper, and all references cited in the body of
your Major Paper should be on your Reference(s) page. All journal articles must include the Digital
Object Identifier (DOI) and no links.
10. The minimum length requirement for the Major Paper is a cover page, six full pages of text (top to
bottom, and a Reference(s) page with all references. You are free to write more.
11. Your Major Paper must be written in third person (except for #2, #6, and #7). This means that you
may not use words such as I, you, we, our, us, etc., on any question unless your opinion is required. Do
not share any personal information that causes you distress
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Strategies for Earning Maximum Points
1. Review and incorporate information from the Syllabus, the Major Paper Topics Handout, the Major
Paper Handout, and all feedback.
2. The focus of your Major Paper should be on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the
psychological disorder you chose. You may also write a small section on medication (no more than 2P).
a. The main focus of your Major Paper should not be on medications, the brain, neurology, genetics,
biology, vaccines, etc.
3. Write your Major Paper in order and according to the Major Paper Handout.
4. Your Major Paper must be written as a document, not a series of numbered questions and answers (or
side headings of the questions and answers).
5. Write your Major Paper in APA. Major Papers not in APA will not be accepted or graded.
6. Paraphrase in your Major Paper. Points will be deducted for quotes.
7. Make sure that you follow length requirements for all paragraphs (no more than 5-7 sentences each).
8. Check that the references on the Reference(s) page are cited in the main body of your Major Paper, and
the citations in the main body of your Major Paper are on the Reference(s) page. Include the Digital
Object Identifier (DOI), and no links are required.
9. Use spell check and grammar check. Consider having someone “proof” your Major Paper.
10. At minimum, you must have an approved research question (worded as a question) and Reference(s)
page before you begin your Major Paper. You will not earn points for this, and it must be submitted to
LPP on BB no later than 6/26 at 11:59pm. No Major Papers will be accepted or read without either the
Major Paper Proposal or LPP submitted by their due dates.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. The best way to get in touch with me is through e-mail
or text. Please do not wait for the day the assignment is due if you require assistance.

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