In the final assignment of the course, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your critical thinking skills as well as the ability to synthesize multiple elements of information regarding the study of abnormal psychology. Imagine you are a psychologist and a client has come to you with questions about his or her diagnosis. Research this specific diagnosis and write a paper that describes differential diagnosis (how to differentiate this diagnosis from other similar diagnoses), and the present state of research regarding this disorder. Comment on genetic or biological aspects, etiology, course, treatment, prevalence, sociocultural factors, et cetera.
For this assignment, you should rely on the text, the course room discussions, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), appropriate Web sites (such as NIMH, SAMHSA, et cetera), and the current research literature including at least one review article (an article that summarizes the recent research). Please review Summarizing the Research on a Particular Disorder Scoring Guide prior to submission so that you address all required grading criteria.
For this assignment, you are expected to meet the following requirements:
Title page: Include your name, course, date, and instructor.
Abstract: An abstract is required for the assignment.
Reference: A minimum of ten sources are required. One of these may be the DSM-5. Three of these may be reputable Internet resources (Visit iGuide for resources or ask a Librarian for assistance on finding appropriate Web-based materials). The rest should be articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA sixth edition style and formatting.
Length of paper: 10–15 typed, double-spaced pages, not including title page, abstract, and references.
Font and font size: Arial, 11 point.