MPS690 All Modules Discussions (March 2019)

MPS 690 Capstone

Module 1 Discussion

DQ1 Introduction

Please take a moment and introduce yourself to the class.

DQ2 Theoretical Perspectives

Choose one (1) intervention scenario listed below that will serve as the topic for your Capstone Project in this course.

(a) In the past decade, headlines reporting the tragic stories of a young person’s suicide death linked in some way to bullying have become regrettably common. There is so much pain and suffering associated with each of these events, affecting individuals, families, communities and our society as a whole. There is an increasing national outcry to “do something” about the problem of bullying and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other violence prevention partners are seeking ways to develop intervention programs in the public high schools aimed at sensitizing students, parents, faculty and staff to the risks of suicide and the “warning” signs of suicide in adolescents. Your task is to help develop an intervention program that helps involve students, parents, faculty and staff to identify the causes of bullying and prevent suicide among adolescents who are being bullied.

(b) The obesity epidemic has become a major health concern, especially with a three-fold increase in the last three decades among school-aged children (Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, 2011). In fact, many children in low socioeconomic household are growing up with fast-food as a staple food source in their diet that greatly contributes towards childhood obesity. Furthermore, childhood obesity has a direct correlation with adult obesity by further developing into various health issues (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [NHLBI], 2013). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking ways to develop intervention programs in the public elementary schools and the corresponding community around the public elementary schools aimed at sensitizing students, faculty, parents and staff to the problems of childhood obesity and promote both healthy food choices and exercise that is more physical. Your task is to help develop an intervention program that helps involve students, parents, faculty and staff to identify the causes of obesity, promote healthy food choices and increase physical exercise.

(c) Fearing for their careers, many military service members keep quiet about their mental health problems—and their silent suffering is taking a toll on our military readiness. A fifth of people returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, and only about half seek treatment (Dingfelder, 2009). In addition to the human cost, the wave of service members with mental illness will cost the country about $6.2 billion in direct medical care and lost productivity in just the first two years after they return from deployment (Dingfelder, 2009). The Department of Defense is seeking ways to develop intervention programs aimed at military service members, military families, military officers and staff to the problems of not seeking treatment for psychological trauma such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Your task is to help develop an intervention program that helps involve military service members, military families, military officers and staff to identify the symptoms of psychological distress among military service members and help reduce the stigma of seeking mental health treatment among this population.

(d) If you prefer to address a real-world problem that would benefit from an psychology-based intervention program for a community or private organization, please describe that problem in your threaded response to be discussed and approved by the course instructor

For intervention scenario you chose, please summarize and cite at least at least 2 articles from the Library that describe a psychology-based theoretical framework which can be used to help change the behaviors of the individuals in the intervention program you plan to develop. Please use the assigned video in Module 1 to help identify a theoretical framework you plan to use in the intervention program. Make sure you respond to at least one other student’s post.

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Module 2 Discussion

DQ1 Conceptual Perspective (part 1)

In reviewing the 2 articles assigned and the video on the “Science of Marketing”, identify and explain the common themes related to media literacy and marketing that can shape the opinions and behaviors of individuals. What guidelines can be developed in order to improve media literacy? Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

In viewing the “Vaccine War” video, compare and contrast the different persuasion methods used by both sides of the vaccine debate (pro-vaccination and anti-vaccination) to support or spread their arguments to the general public. Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, how can the media and technology can be used to shape the intervention program you are planning to develop?

(a) In the case of the anti-bullying and anti-suicide intervention, what is the role media and technology in promoting bullying and suicide? On the other hand, how can media and technology can be used to help inform parents, teachers and staff about bullying and suicide? What type of messages can be crafted and transmitted via media, technology to help prevent bullying, and suicide in a public high school setting? Please provide specific examples and cite your sources.

(b) In the case of the obesity prevention intervention, what is the role media and technology in promoting obesity, unhealthy eating and lack of physical exercise? On the other hand, how can media and technology can be used to help inform parents, teachers and staff about obesity and unhealthy eating? What type of messages can be crafted and transmitted via media and technology to help prevent obesity, unhealthy eating and lack of physical exercise in a public elementary school setting? Please provide specific examples and cite your sources.

(c) In the case of the psychological treatment intervention for military service members, what is the role media, technology and military in promoting the stigma of having a psychological disorder and lacking the initiative to seek treatment? On the other hand, how can media and technology can be used to help military families, military officers and staff help identify the symptoms of psychological distress in military service members and help them seek psychological treatment? What type of messages can be crafted and transmitted via media and technology to help promote seeking psychological treatment within a military community setting? Please provide specific examples and cite your sources.

(d) If you chose your own real-world scenario, describe how the intervention program would be affected by media portrayals. Furthermore, please explain how media messages can be crafted to help change behaviors in the community setting or private organization

You can find 2 additional articles from the Library to support your arguments. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student

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Module 3 Discussion

DQ1 Conceptual Perspective (part 1)

In viewing the “Generation Like” video, compare and contrast the various marketing methods used in order to influence consumer behaviors. In reviewing the 2 articles assigned in this module, identify and explain the common themes related to social media literacy and usage that can shape the opinions and behaviors of individuals. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, how can social media and can be used to shape and create engagement in the intervention program you are planning to develop?

(a) In the case of the anti-bullying and anti-suicide intervention, how can social media can be used to help inform students, parents, teachers and staff about bullying and suicide? What specific challenges might be faced when developing a social media campaign to prevent bullying and suicide in a public high school setting? Please provide specific examples and cite your sources.

(b) In the case of the obesity prevention intervention, how can social media can be used to help inform students, parents, teachers and staff about obesity and unhealthy eating? What specific challenges might be faced when developing a social media campaign to help prevent obesity, unhealthy eating and lack of physical exercise in a public school elementary school setting? Please provide specific examples and cite your sources.

(c) In the case of the psychological treatment intervention for military service members, how can social media can be used to help inform military families, military officers and staff help identify the symptoms of psychological distress in military service members and help them seek psychological treatment? What specific challenges might be faced when developing a social media campaign to help promote seeking psychological treatment and help reduce the stigma of psychological disorders in a military community setting? Please provide specific examples and cite your sources.

(d) If you chose your own real-world scenario, describe how social media can be used to create engagement with the intervention program you are planning to develop. Furthermore, please explain how social media messages can be crafted to help change behaviors in the community setting or private organization

You can find 2 additional articles from the Library to support your arguments. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student

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Module 4 Discussion

DQ1 Conceptual Perspective (part 1)

In reading over the article titled “The Nature and Development of Critical-Analytic Thinking”, please describe your own real world experiences that match at least 5 principles or methods in developing Critical Thinking as described in the article. Please make sure to properly keep the identities of the individuals and organizations anonymous when you describe your real world experience. What areas of critical thinking would you like to improve upon in the future? Please explain why. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, how can critical thinking be integrated into the intervention program you are planning to develop? Furthermore, describe how social psychology principles can be applied towards the intervention program you are planning to develop.

Find 2 additional articles from the Library to support your arguments. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student

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Module 5 Discussion

DQ1 Conceptual Perspective (part 1)

In reading over the 2 assigned articles in this module, what are the key lessons from those articles that help provide insight in your experience in group dynamics from your previous real-world experiences in work, education or social settings? Please make sure to properly keep the identities of the individuals and organizations anonymous when you describe your real world experience. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, how can group dynamics be integrated into the intervention program you are planning to develop? Furthermore, what type of leadership styles, communication styles and group interactions that you would like to foster in your intervention program to help address the real-world scenario your are targeting? Please explain why.

Find 2 additional articles from the Library to support your arguments. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

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Module 6 Discussion

DQ1 Historical Perspective (part 1)

Based on the video “Genie – TLC Documentary “ what were the cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social deficits experienced by Genie which was caused by social isolation and physical abuse? Based on your previous readings or theoretical models from other courses on human development, how would you have approached the rehabilitation process for Genie? What you have done differently from the research team that worked on the case of Genie? Please explain why. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, how are the theories of human development and human experience can be integrated into the intervention program you are planning to develop? What types of considerations such as age, cognitive maturity, emotional maturity, social maturity, and behavioral maturity that needs to be addressed while developing your intervention program to help address the real-world scenario your are targeting? Please explain why.

Find 2 additional articles from the Library to support your arguments. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

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Module 7 Discussion

DQ1 Knowledge Perspective (part 1)

Based on the 2 assigned videos for this module, why are positive emotions and vulnerability recognized as key factors to help maintain a healthy mind and body? What do you think would be the challenges in trying to adapt the research identified in the 2 assigned videos with the general public? Please explain why. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, how are the theories and research findings in the area of health psychology can be integrated into the intervention program you are planning to develop? Please provide specific examples.

Find 2 additional articles from the Library to support your arguments. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

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Module 8 Discussion

DQ1 Conceptual Perspective (part 1)

Based on the assigned videos for this module, describe and explain the best practices in gathering data on evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention program or help improve community engagement. Please cite your source(s) and respond to at least one other student.

DQ2 Application of Knowledge (part 2)

Based on all the articles and videos covered in this module, what are the types of research methods you plan to use to help evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention program you are planning to develop? Please describe what steps you will follow in collecting your data. What do you predict are the ethical issues of conducting an empirical evaluation of your intervention program? How would you anticipate addressing these ethical issues? Please provide specific examples.