Identify and discuss the biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual factors

Final, Research Paper 

For this integrative paper, the student must select a mental health disorder they want to study and include the following:


A.  Identify and discuss the biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual factors AND risk and protective factors that influence the onset and course of a mental health disorder. “Cultural factors” must include the way in which gender, race, class, sexual orientation (and/or age/ability, etc.) influence the diagnosis and manifestation of the “disorder” and what role discrimination/oppression play in diagnoses.


B. A summary/discussion of the recovery vs. medical model theoretical approaches to understand the disorder


C. A brief summary of research informed treatment approaches to address the disorder and/or issue


D. The student must choose a first-person account (documentary, movie or book) of someone with the disorder (some ideas are listed at the end of the syllabus).  Provide a description of how the personal account of the mental health disorder aligned with or differed from the professional literature; and description of the person’s experience (emotionally and otherwise), family’s experience, and experiences with mental health professionals


E. Also, include your suggestions for promoting recovery, enhancing resiliency, and advancing social justice for people challenged by this MH disorder.


A minimum of five references in addition to the text readings and the DSM-5 must be used. The publication dates of most of the references should be from within the last five/six years (2012-2018).