PSYC 353: Abnormal Psychology Debate Paper Instructions ________________________

PSYC 353: Abnormal Psychology
Debate Paper Instructions
Social media platforms have proliferated, and the number of users has multiplied over the last few decades. Unsurprisingly, social media use is of interest to psychology researchers and practitioners. In this Debate Paper, you will explore social media use and its influence on mental health and wellbeing. Demonstrate an understanding of both sides of the issue and clearly articulate how your understanding of the research informs your position.
Your research should be guided by the question: Does social media use tend to have a negative or positive influence on adult mental health?
Each student should identify scholarly research articles about social media use and mental health and– take a position* on the issue:
“Social media use tends to positively influence on adult mental health”
“Social media use tends to negatively influence adult mental health”
*“Both” is not an option
Debate Paper Goals:
Demonstrate understanding of the emerging issue and relevant research findings
Display critical thinking skills, while demonstrating an understanding of the emerging issue that enables you to present your side in a rational manner.
Identify at least two critical dilemmas and/or points related to the issue (e.g., ethics, socio-cultural norms)
Defend your position with compelling arguments and predictions for future trends
Select and apply relevant theoretical discussion, empirical data, and practical evidence from professional, scholarly journals.
You are free to mention your personal use of social media, but the focus of the paper is the conclusion that you’ve arrived at based on credible research and other sources. This is not a “personal reflection” paper.
It is also unnecessary to provide a lengthy history of social media. The paper should explore the issues and research.
A page length is not set for this assignment. The emphasis is on clear, critical analysis. Historically, strong, well-developed papers average around 5-pages of text, before adding the title page and references page.
Structure your paper utilizing APA style (7th Edition); this includes a title page, headings, in-text citations, reference page, and general paper format (1-inch margins, double-spaced, appropriately sized sans serif or serif fonts – e.g., 12 Times Roman). An abstract is not required.
Accurately use APA-style citations and references. Use in-text citations within your assignment and a reference list at the end. Text from outside sources either needs to be fully paraphrased in your own writing style (not just a few words changed) or needs quotation marks, even if cited. Limit using direct quotes.
Apply sound writing mechanics: write with clarity, paying attention to spelling, grammar, and syntax.
Submit to your Assignment Folder as a single document in either Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF format.