Psychology and Chronic Illness

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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

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

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.


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


Discussed your current knowledge/understanding of the topic.


Submitted at least 10 scholarly references pertaining to topic area.


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




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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.

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