abnormal psychology

Students are expected to do an in-depth study of the professional literature related to a specific topic in the field of abnormal psychology. The major purpose of this paper is for you to describe, in your own words, your understanding of what you have read in the literature. Correct use of APA style is an essential part of the paper.

Write a research paper of 5 pages (double spaced) on any topic of interest in the area of abnormal behavior. Your paper needs to include reference to our textbook and at least four to six (4-6) full-text peer reviewed journals or books (i.e.: American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, etc…). WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable reference. . Writing well is critical.
Instructions for Writing the Research Paper:

Length: The body of your essay should be five (5) pages. Add three (3) pages: 1) title page, 2) abstract, and 3) references. If figures and graphs are included in an appendix the paper should not exceed 10 pages. Late papers will not be accepted. Follow APA style.

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Topic and Content: Your paper may be about any topic that interests you in the field of abnormal behavior. However, it must include a scholarly review of the theoretical and empirical literature on your topic and present a biopsychosocial perspective.

Suggested databases:
National University: http://library.nu. edu/FindResources/ ResourceFinder.cfm
Medline (National Library of Medicine): http://gateway.nlm. nih.gov/gw/Cmd
PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm. nih.gov/pubmed/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: http://nccam.nih. gov/ (produced by the National Institute of Health)

Research Paper (8-10 pages) should include: a) title page, b) abstract page, c) introductory paragraph that presents your topic and a summary of the literature you will review in the body of your paper, d) body of the paper that includes an in-depth review of literature that shows a sophisticated understanding of the concepts you present and explains, supports, interprets, analyzes, and discusses your original conclusions, e) a discussion section that summarizes your research findings, interpretations, and original conclusions, f) reference page, and g) appendix with graphs and/or drawings (optional).

Format: Submit your paper as a Microsoft Word document using: Times New Roman font, 12-point type, double spacing, and 1 inch margins. Number pages in the upper right hand corner. Note: Insert a running head as your header opposite the page number.

Submit: Research Paper to the Dropbox by September 18, 2011.
Grading Criteria for the Research Paper:

Content and Discussion (35 points): Does the student demonstrate a thorough knowledge about the topic and concepts utilized in the course and subject matter? Does the student cite references appropriately and document important points?

Critical Thinking (35 points): Does the student show insight, creativity, and demonstrate critical thinking? Does the student review and analyze published data or is the paper simply a description or recitation of the data?
Presentation (30 points): Are all of the components of the paper present (title page, thesis statement, literature review, conclusion, reference page)? Does the paper follow APA format including clarity of expression, sentence structure, spelling, grammar, neatness, punctuation, organization, etc…?

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