Format Mental Health Disorder Program
APA Format Mental Health Disorder Research Paper Guidelines
The psychology department requires that each student in Psychology 1 complete a paper. You may NOT use a paper you turned in for any other class. You may choose any disorder covered in the textbook to write. It will be at least five pages complete, APA Format, typed, double-spaced pages with 1.0” margins (left indented only, not block formatted) in Times New Roman font, 12-point size. Do not skip spaces between paragraphs (Microsoft Word now automatically puts 1.5 space between paragraphs, so you will need to change this). The paper can be longer than three pages of research information. Please do not include an abstract.
Your paper will be on a mental health disorder of your choosing from chapter 15. Only choose one disorder, not a category of disorders! The first page will be your title page. You will write the second page (only) as an autobiographical or biographical statement of why you are specifically interested in your topic. For example, let’s say Major Depressive Disorder interests you, you can write about why that disorder interests you as one page. The next two pages must be a synopsis of the scholarly research journals you read. For example, you can find scholarly research journals on the causes or treatments of the disorder and summarize the research. You cannot use interviews or stories of people as evidence of empirical studies. Please do not list each journal and explain it. You must include a 5th page that will be a list of all of your references (a bibliography).
The research paper must be written in essay format, without bullet points, lists, or subsection titles. You will not write an abstract. You need a minimum of 3 references for this paper, which may only include journal articles and approved websites. Do not use any book as a reference. Your references should be newer than 2005.
You are not allowed to use websites for the paper until I approve the site beforehand. A few exceptions to this include psychologicalscience.org, apa.org, NIMH.gov, NIDA.gov, and any site I directed you to in the classroom. You can’t use any “.com” because there is no one to govern the truth of many of these sites which mean you can’t even use wikipedia.com or any other “wiki” site!
When you are using someone else’s work to write your paper, you must give them credit. You must cite your references in every paragraph of your paper; this should be done in APA format (see www.apastyle.org and the way your textbook is written). APA format means you include the author’s last name and the year of publication ONLY of the article inside parentheses when you are referencing work they presented. The following is an example of a sentence from a paper on depression: Many times depression is linked to anxiety (Myers, 2007).
The important thing to remember here is NOT TO PLAGIARIZE the information. CITE your references in EVERY paragraph, and USE YOUR OWN WORDS! Please do not copy word for word from your references unless you put it in quotation marks. You may not use quotes longer than one sentence, and you may not have more than five quotes in the paper.
You must summarize what you have read using plain English. Do not write scientific jargon (such as lists of prescription drugs or the ingredients of drugs) that is not understandable without a medical degree. If you do not use all of your own words and do not accurately cite your sources, this is plagiarizing and grounds for cheating. I will either give your paper back to you to redo or give you a
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