Psychology 335 Abnormal Psychology
Instructions for Midterm Paper

Case Study:

Read the case study of Jake. To find it, go to the publisher’s website http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/comerfund5e/default.asp?uid=0&rau=0 and click on Web-Based Case Studies -> Chapter 4 -> Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Jake

Written Assignment

Organization of paper:
1. Title page. Title of paper, your name, class number.
2. Introduction. Begin your paper with a general introduction and brief summary of the most important features of the case.
3. Diagnose the case study. How do we know that Jake has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Match his symptoms to the diagnostic criteria and common features of the disorder.
4. Discuss the possible causes. Analyze the most likely causes of Jake’s problem using all of the models of abnormality in Chapter 2. Tell which model you think fits his case best and explain why you think so. If you think a model doesn’t apply to his case, explain why not. If you feel there isn’t enough information in the case study, do the best you can with what you have, and discuss what more you would have liked to know.
5. Recommend a course of treatment.
o Explain what you would recommend for Jake and how it should be implemented. You can choose to use more than one technique, but don’t just throw everything in.
o Explain and justify your recommendations. What problems does your plan for treatment address? How will your proposed treatments bring about improvement?
6. Reference page. Include all references used in the paper in a reference section. Remember to use the proper format for internet and other citations.

General issues:
• Use APA style for the paper. Remember, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing style do count towards your grade! Use complete sentences and well-written paragraphs.
• You will need at least 2 references from articles in the Touro databases.

Midterm Paper Grading Rubric
Content
Integration: The paper should have a coherent theme integrating all of the sections.
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Weak integration Adequate integration Effective integration
Description of models: Show that you understand the models of abnormality. This applies to the model’s view of causes as well as its approach to therapy.
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Poor background, context, and idea development Adequate background, context, and idea development Excellent background, context, and idea development
Application: Explain how the models apply to the case. This applies to the section on causes as well as recommendations for therapy.
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Weak insight/analysis Adequate depth of insight/analysis Impressive depth of insight/analysis
Always make sure your facts are correct!
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Many errors or inconsistencies Most information is
correct All information is
correct
Use of sources: Citations are appropriate and fully explained. For your 2+ outside citations, be sure to explain what they are about and how they apply to your paper.
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Inadequate use of sources Adequate use of sources Excellent use of sources
Format
Use APA style.
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Poor use of APA style Adequate use of APA style Excellent use of APA style
Organization: Have the required sections and paper organization. Each section provides the information that was requested.
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Poor organization Moderate organization Good organization
Neatness: Proof read your paper!
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Many grammar/spelling mistakes, hard to understand
A few grammar/spelling mistakes, sentences sort of make sense Grammar/spelling correct, sentences make sense
Total: Sum points to get total score out of 120 possible points.

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