PSYC 353 Debate Paper


Your instructor will select an emerging issue in abnormal psychology and assign you to either the “pro” or the “con” side of the debate. For example, you may debate the use of video and/or telephone therapy in the assessment and diagnosis of those seeking services.

Your goals in the debate will be to:

· 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.


· 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 title page and references page.

· Structure your paper utilizing  APA style  (7th Edition); this includes 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 .

· 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.