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Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

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									                                    Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
                                                  Psyc 497
                                               Summer 2007

Instructor:            Monica Reis-Bergan, Ph.D.
Email:                 reisbemj@jmu.edu
Office                 112 Johnston; 568-4365
Office Hrs:            by appointment
Cell phone:            540-430-0832
Home Phone:            540-896-1350
IM:                    mrbginya


Additional library help specific for the course can be found:
         http://www.lib.jmu.edu/psychology/default.aspx
         http://www.lib.jmu.edu/psychology/documents/Addictive.doc


Course Description:
         This is a capstone course designed to provide students an opportunity to apply the skills,
         knowledge, and experiences they have learned in the psychology degree to a focused topic: the
         initiation, maintenance, prevention, and treatment of addictive behaviors.


Course Objectives:
   1. To integrate and apply psychological theories and methods to facilitate the understanding of
         addictive behaviors.
   2. To read current journal articles related to the initiation, maintenance, prevention, and treatment
         of addictive behaviors.
Information Literacy Objectives:
   1. To define and articulate the need for information.
   2. To identify a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.
   3. To select the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems for
         accessing the needed information.
   4. To articulate and apply initial criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources.
   5. To use of information sources in communicating the product or performance.
Methods and Evaluation
Papers & Presentation
In this course you will conduct personal exploration into a specific research question related to
psychology and addictive behaviors. See attached papers describing papers and presentation in detail.
Class Activities & Class Participation
       Each class has an assigned activity.* The activity and discussion are worth 5 points.
Failure to engage in class discussion will result in loss of points (I will notify you).
*Class attendance is mandatory 6/7-6/9. There will not be assigned activities during class.
Grading System:
       Paper #1                                50
       Paper #2                                50
       Paper #3                                50
       Presentation                            50
       Newsletter                              30
       Class activity points (10)              50
       Total Points                          280


Final course grades will be based on the total number of points accumulated during the class.


A = 94 – 100%           B+ = 87 – 89.9%         C+ = 77 - 79.9%         D = 60 – 69.9%
A- = 90 – 93.9%         B = 83 – 86.9%          C = 73 – 76.9%          F = below 60%
                        B- = 80 - 82.9%         C- = 70 - 72.9%


Class Policies
1. Attendance is expected. You are responsible for anything that you miss. Please come to class
   prepared. (Note: Attendance is mandatory 5/31, 6/4, 6/5, & 6/7. Any absences during this time
   must be discussed with professor in advance.)
2. Late papers will lose 10 points for each day past the assigned classtime (note: even if the paper is
   turned in later in the day a 10 point penalty will be deducted). This course goes quickly and it is
   difficult for me and for you if the deadlines are not met.
3. I do not tolerate any type of cheating. A full commitment to the James Madison University Honor
   Code is expected in all work in this class. The individual papers are to be your own work. Should I
   discover that you have cheated in some way (e.g., copying from someone else, plagiarizing), you will
   receive a failing grade for the paper.
4. I am available by appointment to discuss questions or concerns you have. Feel free to call me at
   JMU or at home. Please communicate with me throughout the course and not after problems have
   arisen.
5. Please respect the experiences and ideas of fellow class members. The goal is to make this a fun and
   considerate place to learn.


Class Schedule
Week 1     Date             Topic                        Assignment (Bring to Class)
Monday     5/14             Class overview
Tuesday       5/15          Prevalence & History         Pick an addiction : Provide
                                                                Prevalence Statistics & History of
                                                                behavior
Wednesday 5/16              Nature of Addiction          Diagnosis – How is it
                                                                determined if a
                                                                person is addicted?
Thursday      5/17          Profile of Addiction Description of an addicted
                                                                Person: VIDEO
                                                                PAPER #1 DUE
Week 2
Monday        5/21          Intiation                    Paper #1 Due
                                                         Article 1 initiation-
                                                                outline
Tuesday       5/22          Initiation                   Article 2 initiation –
                                                                outline
Wednesday 5/23              Prevention                   Sample prevention program
Thursday      5/24          Research Workshop Day Description of 3 research
                                                                ideas
                                                         PAPER #2 DUE

Week 3
Monday        5/28          No class
Tuesday       5/29          Treatment                    Article 1 Treatment - outline
Wednesday 5/30              Treatment                    Article 2 Treatment - outline
Thursday      5/31          Research Workshop Day Description of 3 research questions
                                                         PAPER #3 DUE
Week 4
Monday     6/4   Presentations
Tuesday    6/5   Presentations
Wednesday 6/6    No class
Thursday   6/7   Presentation & Class discussion Paper #4 Due
Paper 1: General Requirements:
1. Students will select an addictive behavior
2. Students will integrate information from a minimum of 15 sources and summarize the results in specific
content areas (See below).
3. Student will list APA citations AND evaluate the quality of the sources used.
4. Paper will be double spaced (10 page maximum).
5. Paper will be graded using the rubric provided.


                                        Paper #1: The Problem
              1. Nature of the Addiction
                     Definition and terminology for specific addiction (profession and slang)
                     Diagnosis &/or signs and symptoms of the addiction
                     Prevalence of X
                                a. Target Populations (regions, countries, ages, gender, etc)
                     Biological, Psychological, and Social basis for addiction
                     Biological, Psychological, and Social consequences of the addiction


              3. History of X
              4. Current Information about the Addictive Behavior
                     Active professional associations/organizations
                     Describe one professional conference 2006 or 2007 (6 sentence maximum)
                     Describe one recent newspaper article or magazine article (2006-2007)
                     Describe one recent research article (from a peer reviewed journal article 2005-
                     2006)
              5. Monica’s “SPECIAL” refence section
                     APA citation
                     Evaluation (authority, timeliness, documentation, purpose, review process)
                     **in paragraph form
                                               Paper #1 Grading Rubric
Name:
I. General Writing
          A. Organization of the Paper
             1                    2                       3                   4                     5
        Little/no                                      Some                                     Sustained
      organization;                               organizations/                            organization and
frequent digressions                            some digressions                                 control
          B. Professional tone and word choice
             1                    2                       3                   4                     5
    Unprofessional                                                                         Professional tone/
   tone/ poor word                                                                         good word choice
         choice
          C. Writing Competence: Grammar and Mechanics (spelling, punctuation, sentence structure)
             1                    2                       3                   4                     5
  Seriously flawed,                            Flawed with a few                               No serious
  distracting errors                           minor distractions                            grammatical /
                                                                                            mechanical errors
          D. Clear indication of source of ideas, statistics, etc…
             1                    2                       3                   4                     5
  Failure to include                                                                       Excellent job citing
 references to source                                                                        sources in text
II. Writing in Psychology
          A. Clarity of information: Nature of addiction (definition, diagnostic, & prevalence)
           1                     2                        3                   4                     5
  Summary is not                                                                            Summary is clear
   clear/ missing                                                                             and complete
        details
          B. Clarity of information: Nature of addiction (basis for addiction & consequences)
           1                     2                        3                   4                     5
  Summary is not                                                                            Summary is clear
   clear/ missing                                                                             and complete
        details
          C. Clarity of information: History
           1                     2                        3                   4                     5
  Summary is not                                                                            Summary is clear
   clear/ missing                                                                             and complete
        details
          D. Clarity of information: Current information
             1                    2                       3                   4                     5
    Summary is not                                                                          Summary is clear
     clear/ missing                                                                           and complete
         details
          E. Clarity of information: Evaluation of sources
           1                     2                        3                   4                     5
  Summary is not                                                                            Summary is clear
   clear/ missing                                                                             and complete
        details
III. Overall Impression
       1                        2                      3                      4                      5
Weak description                                                                              Strong overall
                                                                                                discussion
Total = __________/50
                           Paper #2: Why? When? (Initiation & Maintenance)


Paper 2: General Requirements:
1. Students will write about the same addictive behavior as paper #1.
2. Student will list APA citation for the article on the title page with name and date.
3. Paper will be double spaced (10 page maximum).
4. Paper will be graded using the rubric provided.
5. Please include a copy of the original article.
6. Article Review of 1 research journal article (not review articles)
                      a. Must be 2002 to 2007
                      b. Must be research study (not review or commentary)
                      c. Must relate initiation to different models/theories


**Each review will contain the following:
               I.     Reference (APA style)
               II.    Summary (brief – not copy from abstract – in own words)
                      a. Study purpose (rationale, hypotheses, etc)
                      b. Methodology
                      c. Results & Conclusions
               III.   Strengths and Weaknesses of the article (method, interpretation, etc..)
               IV.    Implications/Applications (research, people in general)
                                                    Paper #2 Grading Rubric –Initiation

Name:

I. General Writing
           A. Organization of the Paper
             1                          2                         3                          4                       5
  Little/no organization;                                 Some organizations/                              Sustained organization
   frequent digressions                                    some digressions                                     and control

        B. Professional tone and word choice – (newsletter style)
           1                         2                            3                          4                        5
  Unprofessional tone/                                                                                     Professional tone/ good
   poor word choice                                                                                             word choice

          C. Writing Competence: Grammar and Mechanics (spelling, punctuation, sentence structure)
             1                       2                         3                           4                          5
    Seriously flawed,                                Flawed with a few                                     No serious grammatical
    distracting errors                               minor distractions                                     / mechanical errors

II. Writing in Psychology
           A. Clarity of study purpose
             1                           2                          3                        4                        5
 not clear/ missing details                                                                                Introduction is clear and
                                                                                                                  complete

          B. Clarity of methodology summary
            1                         2                             3                        4                        5
Summary of methods is                                                                                      Summary of methods is
not clear/ missing details                                                                                   clear and complete

         C. Clarity of results summary
          1                          2                              3                        4                        5
Summary of results is                                                                                       Summary of results is
  not clear/ missing                                                                                         clear and complete
        details

          D. Identification and support for study strengths
            1                            2                           3                       4                        5
Strengths not identified at    Strengths identified         Strengths identified    Strengths identified   Strengths identified are
           all                   with no support          with minimal support         with support.       of high quality and are
                                                                                                                 supported

        E. Identification and support for study weaknesses
            1                          2                        3                           4                         5
    Weaknesses not          Weaknesses identified      Weaknesses identified       Weaknesses identified   Weaknesses identified
    identified at all           with no support        with minimal support           with support.        are of high quality and
                                                                                                                are supported

         F. Quality of applications of study to research & people in general
            1                           2                          3                         4                        5
No applications provided                                    Applications not                                    High quality
                                                           relevant or of low                               applications provided
                                                                quality

         G. Demonstration of original thought - voice
            1                         2                             3                        4                         5
   No original thought                                                                                      Original ideas present


Total =   _____________/50
                                    Paper #3: How stop? (Treatment)


Paper 3: General Requirements:
1. Students will write about the same addictive behavior as paper #1.
2. Student will list APA citation for the article on the title page with name and date.
3. Paper will be double spaced (10 page maximum).
4. Paper will be graded using the rubric provided.
5. Please include a copy of the original article.
6. Article Review of 1 research journal article (not review articles)
                       a. Must be 2002 to 2007
                       b. Must be research study (not review or commentary)
                       c. Must relate to different treatment models (treatment outcomes)


**Each review will contain the following:
               V.      Reference (APA style)
               VI.     Summary (brief – not copy from abstract – in own words)
                       a. Study purpose (rationale, hypotheses, etc)
                       b. Methodology
                       c. Results & Conclusions
               VII.    Strengths and Weaknesses of the article (method, interpretation, etc..)
               VIII.   Implications/Applications (research, people in general)
                                                    Paper #3 Grading Rubric –Treatment

Name:

I. General Writing
           A. Organization of the Paper
             1                          2                         3                          4                       5
  Little/no organization;                                 Some organizations/                              Sustained organization
   frequent digressions                                    some digressions                                     and control

        B. Professional tone and word choice
           1                         2                              3                        4                        5
  Unprofessional tone/                                                                                     Professional tone/ good
   poor word choice                                                                                             word choice

          C. Writing Competence: Grammar and Mechanics (spelling, punctuation, sentence structure)
             1                       2                         3                           4                          5
    Seriously flawed,                                Flawed with a few                                     No serious grammatical
    distracting errors                               minor distractions                                     / mechanical errors


II. Writing in Psychology
           A. Clarity of introduction
             1                          2                           3                        4                        5
 not clear/ missing details                                                                                Introduction is clear and
                                                                                                                  complete

          B. Clarity of methodology summary
            1                         2                             3                        4                        5
Summary of methods is                                                                                      Summary of methods is
not clear/ missing details                                                                                   clear and complete

         C. Clarity of results summary
          1                          2                              3                        4                        5
Summary of results is                                                                                       Summary of results is
  not clear/ missing                                                                                         clear and complete
        details

          D. Identification and support for study strengths
            1                            2                           3                       4                        5
Strengths not identified at    Strengths identified         Strengths identified    Strengths identified   Strengths identified are
           all                   with no support          with minimal support         with support.       of high quality and are
                                                                                                                 supported

         E. Identification and support for study weaknesses
             1                          2                        3                          4                         5
     Weaknesses not          Weaknesses identified      Weaknesses identified      Weaknesses identified   Weaknesses identified
     identified at all           with no support        with minimal support          with support.        are of high quality and
                                                                                                                are supported

         F. Quality of applications of study to research & people in general
            1                           2                          3                         4                        5
No applications provided                                    Applications not                                    High quality
                                                           relevant or of low                               applications provided
                                                                quality

         G. Demonstration of original thought - voice
            1                         2                             3                        4                         5
   No original thought                                                                                      Original ideas present


Total =   _____________/50
                   Final Presentation & Paper: Future Research & Public Outreach


Presentation: General Requirements:
1. Students will discuss the same addictive behavior as paper #1.
2. Students will give a powerpoint presentation on an original research idea.
3. The talk will be approximately 15 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes for questions.
4. Student will cite sources in the talk using APA format as well as in a APA format reference section
on the last powerpoint slide.
5. Students will print copies of the powerpoint slides for all classmates and professor.
6. Presentation will be graded using the rubric provided.


Final Papers (newsletter & self-evaluation): General Requirements:
1. Students will create a newsletter for a particular target audience.
2. Students will provide a 2 page paper indicating their rationale for the information provided in the
newsletter (double spaced).
3. Student will write a one page reflection on what they learned over the past 4 weeks (single or double
spaced).
4. Newsletter and self-reflection will be graded using the rubric provided.
                                                    Presentation Rubric
Name:
   I.        Engages audience (Through skilled delivery- does not read speech, creativity,)

           1                       2                       3                       4                       5
 Reads speech – no                                                                                   Appropriately
     interaction                                                                                      interactive
   II.        Shows coherence in topic (provides overview, organizes and develops ideas appropriately, makes clear the
             source of ideas, communicates clearly)
           1                       2                       3                       4                       5
Very little coherence                                                                              Clear organization
                                                                                                  and source of ideas
   III.      Uses visual support effectively (readable, right amount of material, helpful – video?)

          1                       2                       3                      4                       5
      No visuals                                                                                Appropriate use of
                                                                                                  visual support
    IV.     Rationale – Why is this research important?

           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
No rationale provided                                                                              Clear rationale
    V.         Context - How does this fit into the research literature you have read? (weaknesses, underrepresented
              populations, methods, etc…)
           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
 No context provided                                                                                Clear context
    VI.       Testable Hypotheses – What do you expect to find
           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
   Hypothesis not                                                                               Clear articulation of
      articulated                                                                                    hypotheses
    VII.      Design & Method (Participants, Procedure, Measures)
           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
   Unclear design                                                                               Clear articulation of
                                                                                                        design
    VIII.      Expected Results
           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
Results inappropriate                                                                                 Clear and
      or unclear                                                                                appropriate method
    IX.       Discussion of Results (Implication for future research & people)
           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
    No discussion                                                                                     Clear and
                                                                                                     appropriate
                                                                                                      discussion
    X.        Discussion of results (Limitations of proposed study)
           1                        2                       3                      4                      5
    No discussion                                                                                     Clear and
                                                                                                     appropriate
                                                                                                      discussion
Total = _______________/50
                                                    Newsletter Rubric
Name:
A.Engages audience (Colorful, Eye catching headings, etc.)

          1                       2                       3                      4                       5
        Boring                                                                                    Appropriately
                                                                                                     engaging
B.Shows coherence in topic (provides overview, organizes and develops ideas appropriately, makes clear the source of ideas,
communicates clearly)
           1                      2                       3                      4                       5
Very little coherence                                                                           Clear organization
                                                                                               and source of ideas
C.Uses visual effectively

          1                      2                        3                      4                      5
  No visuals or Too                                                                             Appropriate use of
     many visuals                                                                                    visuals
D.Information readable and appropriate

         1                        2                       3                      4                       5
    Difficult to                                                                                     Clear and
  read/understand                                                                                  appropriate
                                                                                                 presentation of
                                                                                                   information
E.Rationale – Why is information included and presented in this way?
           1                       2                      3                      4                       5
No rationale provided                                                                             Clear rationale
F. Self –reflection piece
           1                       2                      3                      4                      5
      No thought                                                                                 Personal thought
                                                                                                    about class


Total = _________/30

								
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