Below is a list from which you will select one topic for the Week Two assignment

Below is a list from which you will select one topic for the Week Two assignment, another topic for the Week Three assignment, and a third topic for both the Outline of the Final Paper and the Final Paper.  The topic you select for your Outline of the Final Paper and this Final Paper must be different from the topics you select for the Week Two and Week Three assignments.
The topics include:

  • What do twin and adoption studies tell us about the effects of nature (i.e., genetic influences) and nurture (i.e., environmental influences) on human development? Select at least one of the main domains of human development (physical, cognitive, or social-emotional) for your answer.
  • How much credit or blame do parents deserve for the way we are? Select at least one of the main domains of human development (physical, cognitive, or social-emotional) for your answer.
  • To what extent are the lives of adolescents and young adults shaped by parental and peer influences?
  • Why do we have a need to belong (to affiliate with others)?
  • How do our bodies and minds change from early to late adulthood?
  • What are the factors that affect our well-being as middle aged and older adults?
  • Why are some people attracted to members of their own sex whereas others are attracted to members of the opposite sex?
  • How do memory and intelligence change as we age?
  • Does an infant’s temperament shape his/her cognitive and socio-emotional development?
  • Are babies pre-wired for survival?
  • Are adolescents more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior than older adults?
  • Can physical exercise affect cognitive performance in old age? Consider the time of occurrence of physical exercise (i.e., earlier in life or during old age) in your answer.
  • Are there personality traits related to longevity?
  • Does bilingualism improve brain functioning?
  • Why do students in the United States tend to under-perform in math and science?

Once you have chosen your topic, examine the various theories of human development learned in the course and choose one or two that best assist you in understanding the issues involved in your topic. In your assignment address the following:

  • Identify some of the major domains of human development and how they are impacted.
  • Examine the physical, biological, emotional, cognitive, and/or social factors that are affected.
  • Identify the stages of development that are affected and describe the cultural and historical perspectives of partitioning the lifespan that influence the interpretations of the available data on the topic.
  • Describe the influences of family, culture, and environment and the roles they play.

Be sure to examine the available research in human development before completing this assignment.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
    1. You may use the introduction you developed during the Week Four assignment or a revised version if changes are deemed necessary.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
    1. Conclude with an answer to the selected question. Did the evidence you surveyed answer the question satisfactorily?
    2. Include an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the available evidence.
    3. Illustrate how each source fits specific sections of your Final Paper. The goal is to demonstrate that supporting evidence exists for statements that are made in the paper.
    4. If possible, suggest the course that future research should take if answers to the selected question are deemed less than conclusive.
  6. Must use at least five scholarly sources, all of which must come from the Ashford University Library or Google Scholar.
  7. Must summarize each article including the purpose of the investigation, its methodology, and results.
    1. Rely on the brief summaries of the articles (including the purpose of each investigation, its methodology and results) that you developed during Week Four to construct an organized summary of the scientific evidence that answers the question you selected.
    2. If possible, select peer-reviewed articles that summarize the evidence available in a given field of study (e.g., meta-analysis combines the findings of different studies to uncover trends, commonalities and differences).
    3. Order the articles in the way you think you will discuss them in your paper. Then develop a summary of the scientific evidence that answers the question you selected.
    4. You may reference your textbook and other required materials from the course; however, these will not fulfill the resource requirement.
  8. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  9. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    1. You may use the reference section you developed in the Week Four assignment as the final page of the paper.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

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For your initial post, choose one of the following topics in the area of childhood development to research and discuss

For your initial post, choose one of the following topics in the area of childhood development to research and discuss:

Corporal punishment

 

Vaccinations

 

Attachment parenting

 

As a psychology professional, you have been asked to provide a caregiver with your professional opinion regarding how issues related to your chosen topic may influence short- and long-term physical, cognitive, or psychosocial development in his or her child.

 

Using the Ashford University Library, research three peer-reviewed articles that were published within the last 10 years on your chosen topic and that either support or challenge aspects of your chosen issue. Evaluate the unique scholarly perspectives found in your research and describe the validity and reliability of the results presented. Using the three peer-reviewed articles, identify your professional position on the topic including whether or not you believe the incorporation of this element will have a positive effect on the child’s development. Apply this research to major themes of development influenced by your chosen topic and explain how the literature supports your chosen stance. Your explanation should take the form of a persuasive discussion intended to help the caregiver respond positively to your advice as a psychology professional. Analyze any ethical considerations discussed in the research and their effect(s) on the trends related to your topic. Include the complete references for your three articles at the end of your initial post.

 

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For Part A of this assignment, you will apply the principles of operant conditioning

For Part A of this assignment, you will apply the principles of operant conditioning to modify an existing behavior. Target a behavior to be modified, either an undesirable behavior that you would like to eliminate or a desirable behavior that you would like to strengthen.

 

1.     Generate a plausible explanation for why the problem exists.

2.     Describe one (1) reason why you want to change the behavior and one (1) benefit the change will bring.

3.     Carefully design a program for modifying the behavior, making sure to include all relevant conditioning principles incorporated within your plan (which might include the use of positive and negative reinforcers, punishment, shaping, schedules of reinforcement, modeling, extinction, stimulus discrimination or generalization, primary and secondary reinforcers, and so on.) Your plan should include three (3) steps.

 

Part B

 

 

Design a series of test items that would indicate the different intelligences according to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Provide one (1) original example of how you would test each of the eight (8) different intelligences.

Assignment 8

Part A

 

For Part A of this assignment, choose a movie, book, or television show that depicts a character or character(s) suffering from mental illness. Write a paper analyzing a character’s illness in terms of one or more of the theoretical perspectives (e.g., biological, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, biopsychosocial) presented in the text.

 

1.     Describe the character’s diagnosis in terms of the DSM-IV. Make sure to include two (2) criteria that the character meets.

2.     Describe one (1) perspective(s) of mental illness that best explains the development of the character’s symptoms, along with two (2) facts to support your position.

3.     Describe any treatment received by the character. Describe two (2) reasons that you would recommend similar or different treatment. If the character did not receive treatment, describe the type of treatment you would recommend with two (2) supporting facts.

 

Suggested movies include:

 

·       Beautiful Mind (2001).

·       Girl, Interrupted (1999).

·       Fatal Attraction (1987).

·       Sybil (1977).

·       One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).

·       Play Misty for Me (1971).

 

Suggested television shows include:

 

·       Wilfred.

·       Perception.

·       Alphas.

 

Part B

 

For Part B of this assignment, go online to the following Web page: http://www.prisonexp.org/ Take a tour through the slide show, which shows actual footage of the Stanford Prison study.

 

After viewing the slideshow, respond to the following questions. Your response should be one (1) page in length.

 

1.     Describe one (1) factor that prevented “good guards” from objecting or countermanding the orders from tough or bad guards.

2.     Describe one (1) reason why prisoners try to work within the arbitrary prison system to effect a change in it (e.g., setting up a Grievance Committee), rather than trying to dismantle or change the system through outside help.

3.     Describe two (2) factors would lead prisoners to attribute guard brutality to the guards’ disposition or character, rather than to the situation.

 

4.     Was it ethical to conduct this study? Provide two (2) reasons to support your position.

 

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This Powerpoint is designed to examine the concepts, issues, and dilemmas related to Death

This Powerpoint is designed to examine the concepts, issues, and dilemmas related to Death and Dying through the study of contemporary film.  Your task is to view and discuss a film that explores themes related to death and dying.  Examples include: The Big Fish, or Steal Magnolias along with any others.   In your discussion of the film, consider the following questions:

 Watch the Movie called Bucket List 2007  starring morgan freeman and Jack Nicholson

  • How does the film present the process of death and dying?
  • What are the most important characteristics of the dying individual and his/her significant others? need two slides and detailed speaker note references if used.
  • Is the location (place or setting) of the death significant?  How so?
  • Are issues of personal choice and/or control over one’s own death addressed?
  • Is the grief process addressed?  If so, how?
  • Is the caregiver experience addressed?  If so, how?

10-12 slides with at least 3 references in APA format

 

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Thanks to the ever-increasing wireless connectivity, the boundary between work and personal life

Thanks to the ever-increasing wireless connectivity, the boundary between work and personal life is constantly thinning. A new term “weisure” describes the increasing tendency to continue to work during leisure time (Patterson, 2009). Examples include reading work e-mail while spending time with the family and answering work-related cell phone calls during a leisure outing. This trend, according to Patterson, is partly due to the increasing enjoyment of work but also due to the difficulty faced in establishing clear boundaries between work and leisure time. This difficulty is magnified by the increase in the average number of hours in the workweek for many in the workforce and multiple roles. Many are parents, spouses, partners, employees, and caregivers to elderly parents and also engaged in continued education.

Whether you decide to enter the workforce directly upon graduation or attend graduate school, you will be faced with the challenge of juggling multiple roles and maintaining a balance. You will also be attempting to prove yourself as a new employee or as a new graduate student. The temptation to overwork will be great. However, it can have ethical implications, especially if you work in the psychology field. The stress you face may impair your effectiveness, leading to ethical ramifications (Barnett, Baker, Elman, & Schoener, 2007).

Using the Argosy University online library resources, research work–life balance. You may want to use some or all of the following search terms: work–life balance, job satisfaction, burnout, weisure, overworked, and self-care.

  • Select at least one authoritative article from the library and provide a summary. Focus on the effects of work–life imbalance and the benefits of work–life balance.
  • Describe your own experience with attempting to achieve a work–life balance.
    • What have you done that has improved this balance?
    • What have you done that has worsened it?
    • How do you think your situation will change upon graduating from college?
    • Will you experience more or less difficulty in achieving this balance? Why?
  • Discuss any ethical ramifications of failure to take proper care of yourself while working in the field of psychology. Identify at least one ethical standard from the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and one standard from the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct that apply, providing the specific standards’ numbers and titles.
  • Be sure to cite your sources.

References:

Barnett, J. E., Baker, E. K., Elman, N. S., & Schoener, G. R. (2007). In pursuit of
wellness: The self-care imperative. Professional Psychology: Research and
Practice
38(6), 603–612.

Patterson, T. (2009). Having it all: Work–life balance: Welcome to the “weisure”
lifestyle
. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/
05/11/weisure/

Submission Details:

  • Write your initial response in a minimum of 300–400 words. Apply APA standards to cite your sources.
 

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Discuss your reaction to Ricardo’s approach to counseling and the decisions

Discuss your reaction to Ricardo’s approach to counseling and the decisions he has made to provide services to lower-income adolescents and families.

  • Identify the key ethical issues in this case, with reference to the ACA or ASCA ethical code.
  • Include the recommendations you might make to Ricardo in terms of the approach he is taking in his counseling practice, if you were one of his colleague

***USE case study below***

CASE STUDY:

Ricardo is a licensed counselor in a large city who works with adolescents and their families. Monday through Thursday Ricardo provides services at an office downtown for clients who have a limited ability to pay for ongoing counseling. Many of the insurance companies used by these clients will not reimburse for family therapy, so Ricardo provides an individual diagnosis for one of the family members, such as “Generalized Anxiety Disorder” or “Adjustment Disorder with Depression,” so the insurance companies will cover the sessions and the clients will only have to come up with the co-payment. Otherwise, they would not be able to receive any counseling at all. For clients without insurance, Ricardo lowers his fee substantially so they can afford their counseling sessions, and often lets clients go without payment because he knows that they really need the help.

Conversely, every Friday afternoon, Ricardo provides services in an upscale section of town from an office that he rents from a friend who is also a licensed therapist. His friend has a full practice and can provide many clients for Ricardo; Ricardo pays her $50.00 for each client that she refers to him. At this site, Ricardo charges an hourly rate of $135, knowing that the clients can easily afford this fee. He administers a battery of tests as a standard intake process for all clients, knowing that the clients’ insurance companies reimburse at a high rate for these assessments.

Ricardo says that the money he makes on Fridays supports his ability to see less fortunate clients.

 

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It is important that you are familiar with the different terms used for the practice of counseling

For this assignment, complete the following:

  1. It is important that you are familiar with the different terms used for the practice of counseling in your state. For example, most mental health counselors obtain licenses; school counselors may be licensed or credentialed—depending on the state. Some states maintain different levels of practice for addiction counselors, including certificates, credentials, and licenses. To begin this assignment, please clearly define these three terms in your own words: license, credential, and certificate.
  2. Next, review again the state laws and regulations relating to the practice of counseling for your specialization. Within these regulations, locate the specific areas relating to:
    • Internship requirements (this may include the fieldwork internship you complete during your degree program as well as any post-degree internship hours that you may need to collect).
    • Supervision (who can function as a supervisor in your state and what are the requirements for being a supervisor).
    • Licensing/certification (requirements and application process).
    • Continuing education requirements for licensed/credentialed counselors (how many hours will you need and how often).
    • Information about the grounds for suspension or revocation of a license (list 3 specific things that can get you into trouble in your state).
  3. As you discuss and summarize your state laws and regulations relating to these five areas of practice, please be sure include the specific legal codes. For example: the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) #4757-13 discusses the licensing of counselors. Your discussion should be written in your own words. We want to see that you understand these concepts well and can articulate them clearly on your own. In the last part of this section, articulate how these laws impact the licensing process and counseling professionals in general.
  4. Lastly, locate an article in a peer-reviewed, professional journal that discusses one of these areas of licensure/certification. In your own words, provide a brief description of the article and its relevance to your future work as a licensed professional.

**Connecticut** (state to be used for the assignment)

 

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Read the health record to identify the patient’s diagnosis and trace the course of treatment

    1. Read the health record to identify the patient’s diagnosis and trace the course of treatment. Download the following heath record to begin this assignment:

      Patient Medical Record

Report the following information from the health record:

    1. Health Record #
    2. Diagnosis
    3. Related History
    4. Physical Findings
    5. Lab/X-Ray Findings
    6. Course of Treatment–including medications administered
    7. Condition on Discharge
  1. Research the disease identified to supplement the information documented in the health record. Do not use your text, you must use a valid health resource such as the Merck Manual or the NIH (National Institutes of Health):
    1. Pathology of the disease
    2. Symptoms and signs
    3. Laboratory findings
    4. Diagnosis
    5. Prognosis
    6. Treatment alternatives
  2. Write 2-3 paragraphs comparing what you found in the health record to what you found in the references. You must state whether or not you feel the disease was treated appropriately in the hospital based on what you found in step #2.
  3. Include a Reference page in APA format. The patient chart does not need to be included on the reference page. For more information on APA, navigate to the Resources tab in this course.
  4. Use proper spelling and grammar.
 

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Assignment 2: Adjustment Case Study

Due in Week 8 and worth 230 points

Go to NPR’s StoryCorps Website, located at http://www.npr.org/series/4516989/storycorps. Read two (2) articles that were published within the last two (2) months that focus on individuals with major adjustment issues.

Next, use the textbook and the Strayer Library to research evidence-based strategies to help with adjustment. Consider strategies that relate to stress and coping, gender, stages of life, cultural and social issues, and health.

When referencing the selected stories, please use this format:

  • Standard Reference Format:
    • Title of the story [Audio file]. (Year, Month Day). Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

A homeless teen finds solace in a teacher and a recording [Audio file]. (2014, March 7). Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2014/03/07/286921391/a-homeless-teen-finds-solace-in-a-teacher-and-a-recording.

  • In-Text Citation Format:
    • The in-text citation for a selected story is an abbreviated version of the title and the year of publication. The abbreviation contains the first three words of the title.
      • Example:

(“A homeless teen,” 2014).

When referencing the textbook, please use this format:

  • Standard Textbook Reference Format:
    • Author’s Name. (Date of publication). Title of the resource. Publisher information.
      • Example:

Santrock, J. (2006). Huyou:

  1. Summarize two (2) articles you selected from the NPR Website. The two (2) article must be from within the last two (2) months.
  2. Describe the major adjustment issues discussed in each story.
  3. Examine at least three (3) evidence-based strategies from each of the selected articles that could help the individuals in each article enhance their adjustment skills.
  4. For each article, recommend the evidence-based strategy that is best suited for the people in the selected articles. Provide a rationale for your response.
  5. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources. Each of your selected articles (2) is a source and your textbook should be used as a source. One additional academic source is required for a total of four (4) sources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length.
  • Include a reference page containing APA-formatted references for all sources used in your paper. The reference page is not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify contextual variables (e.g., culture) that impact psychological adjustment.
  • Define stress, stressors, and coping strategies, and contemplate their relationship to health and wellness.
  • Identify and describe social psychological phenomena.
  • Describe adult relationships, lifestyles, and issues of parenting and longevity.
  • Identify gender differences and explore gender role stereotypes.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in psychology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about psychology using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric.man adjustment: 2007 custom edition. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

 

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Research Paper – Title Page, Abstract, and Reference Page Instructions

Research Paper – Title Page, Abstract, and Reference Page Instructions

In preparation for the final submission of the Research Paper, you will submit the Research Paper – Title Page, Abstract, and Reference Page assignment. This assignment requires you to focus on APA format, therefore it is essential that you adhere to the standards of the current APA manual when formatting your work. A total of 8 outside sources are needed in addition to your textbook and the Bible. Outside sources may be peer-reviewed journal articles or books written on the topic.

Review the following requirements before submitting this assignment:

·         Must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document, adhering to current APA format.

·         Title page must include a running head, page number, title, your name, and school affiliation.

·         Abstract must be formatted correctly (non-bold heading “abstract”, no paragraph indent, etc.) and contain between 150–250 words.

·         Your reference page must be formatted correctly (alphabetical order, double spaced, etc.) and include a minimum of 8 outside sources in addition to your course textbook. Please note: because the Bible is considered a classical work, APA format does not require that it be listed on the reference page. However, when writing your paper, you must be sure to utilize in-text citations that include the specific version of the Bible that is being referenced.

 

This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 5.

 

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