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RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
You will research and write a 7-10 page research paper on a specific mental disorder within the
realm of Abnormal Psychology. The topic must be a specific DSM disorder that is discussed in
the course textbook and described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders (DSM).
6-10 pages, excluding title page and references pages
At least 5 scholarly journal reference citations in current APA format
Organize paper with all required sections and Level 1
Sources must be scholarly journals dated within the last 5 years
Direct quotes shall not exceed ½ page of paper’s content
Course textbook, websites, and books are not permitted as sources (with exceptions for
the DSM online and Bible)
Each section must meet the length requirement
The use of 3rd person writing style is expected
The research paper will address the following aspects, with level-1 subheadings included
for Historical, Cause, Treatment, Prevention, Cross-Cultural, Biblical sections, organized
in this order:
Title Page: Current APA style.
Introduction: Introduce and describe the topic. Discuss the DSM classification for the disorder,
including a discussion of the specific criteria as described in the DSM (1/2 page). Include DSM
citation. Include APA-style citations throughout. Please see the Research Paper Assignment
page under the Research Paper Resources for a link to the DSM.
Historical: Describe the disorder in a historical context (i.e., how the DSM criteria for the
disorder has changed over time, how the view of disorder has changed over time, how research
pertaining to the cause and treatment options have changed, how prevention has changed, any
changes over time, etc.). Include APA-style citations throughout (1 page).
Cause of the Illness: Current research as to the cause of the illness. Include APA-style citations
throughout (1 page).
Treatment: Various treatment approaches for this disorder, including the benefits of the
treatment. Include APA-style citations throughout (1 page).
Prevention: Research as to the prevention of the illness. Include APA-style citations throughout
Cross Cultural: Cross-cultural issues pertaining to the topic. Include APA-style citations
throughout (1 page).
Biblical Worldview: Discuss the topic from a Christian worldview perspective, including
disorder’s cause, treatment, and prevention. Utilize the Bible and a journal source written from a
biblical/theological perspective on the topic. Include APA-style citations throughout (1 page).
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Conclusion: Include a closing summary of the research, including ideas for future research on
the topic (1/2 page).
References: At least 5 journals in APA-style. Sources must be journals only dated within the
past 5 years, with the exception of the DSM online and the Bible. One journal source should be
from a Christian/Biblical perspective for use in the Biblical Worldview section. No use of class
textbook, books or websites (other than the DSM online and Bible).
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool
Research Paper Resources
Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition