PSY 86506: 20

Prepare a 10-page comprehensive Final Research Paper (this assignment must be 10 pages plus a title and reference page) in which you choose an area of research that is relevant and pertinent to the current diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in accordance to the DSM 5 criteria. You may choose any topic within the domain of this course which most fascinates or interests you; but keep in mind that the topic MUST be justified by your understanding of theory, assessment and treatment of psychopathology and abnormal behavior. Integrate a discussion of how you see your research findings as significant to your current and future clinical work, or the field of psychology in general. Illustrate an understanding by giving examples from your own life or clinical practice that support your research.


Select a minimum of eight (8) current research articles* taken from scholarly journals (online or hard copy) on your selected topic.

* Do not use the course text or other course texts for this assignment.
  This is a research-based paper.


Remember to include any relevant legal, ethical, and cultural considerations.


Assignment Outcomes

Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5

Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology

Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues

Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness

Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research

when such exists


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