Instructions for Term Paper

Instructions for Term Paper
As discussed in the course syllabus, students will individually complete a 12-15 page, APA-style, integrative review of the scientific literature on a topic related to childhood developmental or behavioral disorders.
Students should reference and document 10 to 12 original sources (i.e., empirical journal articles) in their papers.
Students should choose one disorder discussed in class (or a reasonable cluster of disorders, if approved by Dr. Baker). The paper will be a discussion of the research related to that disorder, and how this knowledge may apply to students career goals. The paper should include five related sections.
The first section should introduce the topic (the disorder), including why it is an important area of study (i.e., its significance), how common it is (i.e., prevalence), the basic diagnostic criteria, and important associated features.
The second section should involve a discussion of important considerations related to the disorder. Students should discuss issues related to comborbidity, the course of the disorder over time, any gender and/or cultural issues important to consider, and certain developmental considerations (i.e., how the disorder may manifest differently in children, or related issues).
The third section should include a discussion of issues related to the etiology and maintenance of the disorder. All prominent areas of contribution should be discussed at least briefly (i.e., genetic, neurological, biological, family, peers, society, etc.). Students should demonstrate an appreciation for the concepts of developmental psychopathology their discussions, explicitly referencing at least two relevant concepts (e.g., equifinality/multifinality, mediation, moderation, transactions, systems, continuity/discontinuity/heterotypic continuity, necessary and/or sufficient causality, etc.) and explaining how these help to understand the development of the disorder and/or related issues. Although the review can be broad, students should concentrate most heavily on those contributors demonstrated through research to be most central to the development of the particular disorder.
The fourth section relates to assessment and intervention. After a brief discussion of methods of assessment for the chosen disorder (be specificlist at least a few of the most common assessments by name), students should provide a relatively comprehensive review of treatment/intervention and prevention approaches. Students should be clear about the relative research base for each approach and should cite specific treatment-outcome studies. Students should demonstrate an understanding about the criteria by which a particular intervention is concluded to have more or less evidence than another. This section should end by the student choosing one empirically-based intervention or prevention approach and providing a greater level of detail about that particular approach.
For the final section, students are required to consider how knowledge of the chosen disorder will relate to their current future career goals. Students are to discuss at least one potential career path and clearly define the setting and their expected role in it. The student is then to discuss how the chosen disorder might be relevant to his or her career and should discuss how the above issues related to etiology, assessment, and intervention will apply to the unique setting and the students position in it.
Students must address all of the above; however, students are encouraged to personalize their papers such that some topics can be discussed in much more depth than others.
Although quotations are sometimes acceptable in scientific writing, they are generally recommended against unless absolutely necessary. Students also often overuse quotes and usually when they are unclear as to what the article is saying. For this assignment, quotations are therefore prohibited. Do not use quotations.
The text may be used as a source; however, grades will reflect how well the student utilizes diverse and particularly relevant sources to support his or her points (see rubric). The source requirement should be sufficient such that each section of the paper should include sources in addition to the text.
Lecture and/or book chapters may be cited; however, these will not be counted toward the source requirement.
Headings are not necessary, with the exception of the APA-style inclusion of the title on the first page of the body of the paper. If students choose to include additional headings these must be in APA format.
Be sure to use appropriate APA format for in-text citations. Students should never include the titles of any of the articles in the text, nor are first names or initials typically included in-text.
Papers will be graded on both content and the quality of writing (both general and scientific/APA). Please refer to the detailed grading rubric for the paper that follows on the next page.
A APA-style title and reference page should be included
Papers will be due by the end of the day specified on the Course Schedule and are to be submitted as Word documents through Turn-it-in (via TITANium), where they will be assessed for originality. Papers should be original to this course. If a student would like to write on a topic closely related to a paper that he or she has written, or is writing, for another class, the student should meet with Dr. Baker to discuss related requirements. Students may write on the same disorder upon which they presented in class; indeed, this is encouraged if the disorder is particularly germane to the students career choice.
Homework Assignment (5 points): Outline
Students should turn in to Dr. Baker a one- to two-page outline for the paper. This should provide a sufficient level of depth such that Dr. Baker can provide feedback on the focus and the chosen discussion points if necessary. Please see Dr. Baker for a guide to the creation of outlines if you require guidance in this area.
Outlines will be accepted at any time up until one week prior to the final paper due date; however, to ensure that you receive proper feedback, earlier submissions are recommended. Paper topic is appropriate
Paper references 10-12 empirical articles or book chapters Paper is 12-15 pages long
Writing style is clear and understandable
Writing is concise and not redundant
Spelling and grammar is correct
Paper is well organized (e.g., structure, transitions)
Tone of paper is appropriate to audience (i.e., formal and professional) Evidence of proof reading (e.g., absence of typos)
Scientific Writing Quality (36 points):
Evidence is provided for points (citations); personal opinions are not included
Paper is formatted in appropriate APA format
In-text citations are appropriate
References in list are appropriate
References are from diverse and particularly relevant sources (text is not over-relied upon)
Content (56 points):
Disorder is introduced appropriately
The following issues are discussed accurately with regard to the disorder
Etiology (9 points):
Comprehensive review of potential etiologies in a developmental context Consideration of the entirety of possible contributors
Assessment & Intervention (15 points):
Discussion of approaches to assessment and issues involved Comprehensive review of treatment/intervention/prevention approaches Discussion of relative evidence base for each approach
In-depth discussion of one empirically-supported intervention approach
Application in applied setting(s) (9 points):
Clearly specify potential role and setting
Discuss any issues above particularly relevant to role/setting Discuss approaches to assessment and/or treatment in this setting
Name: ____________________________________ Final Paper Rubric (125 points)
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