The applied field of abnormal psychology is filled with different “schools of thought” when it comes to models of abnormality. Your textbook explores several different models, including cognitive, biological, behavioral, among others.
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Write a 4-5 page APA style paper in which you provide analysis and insight into the current models of abnormality.
Identify and explain the strengths and weaknesses of one model of abnormality that you, as a student, think best explains abnormal behavior.
Choose a different model that you think offers the poorest model of abnormality. Identify and explain the strengths and weaknesses of that model.
Compare and contrast the two models you chose and analyze the major differences between the two models. This section should be as strong as the other two sections! In this compare and contrast section, you may compare the points that you found to be strengths and weaknesses, however you should also explore other aspects that were not noted previously in the paper.
Paper must be in APA format. This includes a properly formatted title page, reference page, and in-text citations.
Title of the paper needs to go on the title page AND first page of the paper. Margins should be set to 1 inch on all sides.
The content of your paper must be double-spaced and use 12 pt. Courier or Times New Roman font.
Papers must be saved as a Word document (.doc or .docx) to ensure that your professor can open your paper.
Please note that the title page, reference page and abstract (if provided) do not count toward the page requirement for the assignment.
You should use your textbook as one source.
In addition to the textbook, your paper must include at least 3 other scholarly references from high quality sources. This means you must have 4 sources!
Scholarly sources mean from peer-reviewed journals (example–journal or clinical psychology or a article from a journal). You can get these through the Ivy Tech Library and use the PsycArticles web base. If you are unsure of what is a quality source, then visit the link under Course Resources that discusses how to evaluate sources.
Points will be deducted for Wikipedia, Encyclopedias, books other than your text, or websites such as Simply Psychology or other sites that simply regurgitate the text.
Your paper must be well-written, free of grammatical and spelling errors, and flow in a clear and logical manner.
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