Psychology and Chronic Illness

Assignment 4: Review Paper—Topic Proposal & Reference Page

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to select a topic in the particular area in which you have an occupational or research interest, and to locate a minimum of ten scholarly references. A helpful Web site for organizing and writing a literature review is www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html.

You may also want to review the following documents that are available in the Doc Sharing area of the course:

  • A sample literature review,
  • a PowerPoint document illustrating how to set up your word processor for APA style
  • a “Guide for Writing a Literature Review”
  • a PowerPoint tips document

Topic Proposal

Write one to two paragraphs (a) summarizing the problem area (be specific in defining the problem), (b) describing what you already know about the topic, and c) why you have chosen this topic for your literature review. The topic should apply psychological research to an individual, organizational, or social problem. Include a working title and the objective of the paper.

Reference Page

Search for literature on your selected topic and create a Reference Page containing at least 10 scholarly references. A good way to begin searching for relevant literature is to search for key words related to your topic in a research database. Narrow your search to articles in peer-reviewed journals. Another good idea is to check the list of References at the end of an article to find other relevant work. If you have any questions about this part, please feel free to set up an appointment with your instructor or ask the librarian. You will create a reference page for your literature review paper in an appropriate APA style. Your resources must come from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals or books. No Internet resources may be used here.

Click here to review the APA 6th Edition APA sample paper.

Submit your topic proposal and reference page to the M1: Assignment 4 Dropbox by Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Name your file: AU_PSY492_M1_A4_LastName_FirstInitial.doc

Assignment 4 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Submitted a topic proposal of two paragraphs. Defined the problem clearly and in specific terms appropriate to the topic.

10

Applied psychological research to an individual, organizational, or societal problem.

10

Discussed your current knowledge/understanding of the topic.

10

Submitted at least 10 scholarly references pertaining to topic area.

10

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

10

Total:

50

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I have chosen the topic of  Psychology and Chronic illness. Working in the medical field and seeing a lack of support a lot of the time has made me aware there is a need. Those people need support knowing there is someone they can turn too and understands where they are coming from. My Pro Bono work will be with Veterans that deal with PTSD, night trimmers and flashbacks. To me this is a chronic condition as there are those in the nursing homes I have spoken with that have never forgotten. They just have adapted to their circumstance as they were trained, not realizing there is help. For both of these situations there is a need for psychological assistance. Counseling could make a world of difference in their lives for the better.