Psychology and the Challenges of Life Adjustment and Growth 12th edition

| January 28, 2016

Exams and Quizzes

Each week will culminate in a quiz on the material covered during that week of instruction. There will be two essay exams: Midterm in Week 4 and Final in Week 8.

Rubric for Discussion Board Posts

Discussion board posts are worth up to 25 points per week and will be graded according to the following guidelines:

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference, and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

5 points for a response post which is focused in nature and is at least 100 words in length

Guidelines & Expectations

Turnitin

What It Is

Turnitin is an online service which provides originality checking. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people’s written material. Turnitin’s proprietary software compares the paper’s text to a vast database of 20+ billion pages of digital content (including archived Internet content that is no longer available on the live Web) as well as over 220 million papers in the student paper archive, and 110,000+ professional, academic, and commercial journals and publications

How It Will be Used in This Course

All written work submitted within the classroom, with the exception of weekly discussion posts, will be checked for plagiarism

Submitting to Turnitin

Assignments will be submitted to Turnitin using the submit button associated with the assignment

Guidelines and Rubric for Final Paper (approximately 2,100 words)

Theme

Select one character from one of the following films (not one from each film)

Tangled, (2010), Walt Disney Pictures, (DVD)

Winter’s Bone, (2010), Lionsgate, (DVD)

American Beauty, (1999), Paramount, (DVD)

Purpose

This paper is your opportunity to apply what you have learned from this course through analyzing:

How the character coped with adversity

How his/her sense of self was important to his/her coping

What kind of coping mechanisms the character used to deal with stress

Content

This course focuses on human adjustment (healthy and unhealthy) to the challenges of the environment, and each of these films has at least two characters (a male and a female) from which you may choose.

Course text: discuss and use material from three different chapters of the textbook. You can choose any three chapters and concepts you consider appropriate

Outside resources: use three references, other than your text, which deal with the concepts or ideas regarding the psychology of the character you have chosen

Structure (include labels for each section)

I. Title Page (centered)

Title of film

Name of character featured in paper

Word count

Grading value: 5 points

II. Summary

Summarize the movie plot and explain why you think it has anything to do with adaptation to a challenging environment or situation

Suggested length: 1 page

Grading value: 20 points

III. Character

Identify the character you have selected and explain the reasoning behind your choice. What is his/her stressful situation? What is the conflict?

Detail how you understand or make sense of the stress/challenges/adversity that this character is facing. What is he or she going through that makes life difficult?

Suggested length: 2 pages

Grading value: 30 points

IV. Theory

Describe how the character you have chosen tries to adapt or adjust to the challenges facing him/her. What defense mechanisms does he/she use? What is his/her sense of self? How does he/she handle stress? Is this healthy or unhealthy? How is his/her sense of self important to his/her ability to cope?

Suggested length: 3 pages

Grading value: 40 points

V. Reaction

Verbalize, in some detail, why you did or did not like the film

Suggested length: 1 page

Grading value: 5 points

VI. Grammar, Spelling, APA Style

Paper is written according to APA format and style

In-text citations are in APA format

Reference list is in APA format

Use of quotations is minimal

Effective use of paraphrasing

Paper is free from spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure errors

Grading value: 15 points

Additional Notes

Papers will be submitted to Turnitin using the submit button in week 7

Due Week 7, Sunday, 11:59 p.m. ET

Late papers will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor and subject to a late penalty

Overview of the three movies

Tangled, (2010), Walt Disney Pictures, (DVD). Based on the Rapunzel myth. The characters, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, each have to negotiate the challenges of adolescence and separation from their families

Winter’s Bone, (2010), Lionsgate, (DVD). Contains an unforgettable portrayal of a young Ozark woman trying to track down her missing father. The film is centered on drug use and methamphetamine production in the Arkansas countryside. Highly acclaimed at Sundance (Grand Jury Award for Best Drama), the film also received a number of Academy Award nominations. Jennifer Lawrence (she’s 20) as Ree Dolly and John Hawkes as her uncle (Teardrop) both received acting nominations, and either one would be a great character to look at. Ree is one of the deepest, most well-developed characters in a movie in a long time. The end of the film is as powerful as anything you are likely to see on film

American Beauty, (1999), Paramount, (DVD). Winner of five Oscars in 1999: Best Picture, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. This movie is about an older man having a midlife crisis. Please be aware that this film is heavy on sexual themes and includes some graphic violence. There is sex and nudity in this film, and it is full of symbolism and social implications. The great thing about this film is that there are six characters (three female and three male) who are developed deeply enough for you to write about

APA Citation Style

Using APA citation style is an important part of paper writing. When used correctly, it:

Provides a path back to the original piece of work

Adds credibility to your paper

Limits the possibility of accusations of plagiarism

These exercises present variations on books, journal articles, and entries in a reference work. They have been designed to help you identify the important elements of a reference, which include:

Author

Publication date

Title

Page numbers

Publisher information

Electronic sources

Pay attention to the following features:

Typeface (regular or italics)

Punctuation

Order

There are three parts to this activity. Click each link to begin.

Part 1 – Identify the rules of each element

Part 2 – Put the elements in the correct order

Part 3 – Choose the properly formatted elements

Online Tutoring

In addition to your professor in this class, we have made arrangements for you to access an online tutoring service if you want to get extra help with math and writing. When you click on the link below, you will automatically be logged in to a website for the tutoring service, offered by Smarthinking. No account setup is necessary, and there is no additional cost to you for this service. You will see on that page that you have the option to schedule a session with a tutor, submit a question, or submit your writing for feedback.

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Week 1

Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth: An Introduction

Have you ever wondered why some individuals handle stress better than others? This week discusses factors that affect how a person manages stress and environmental changes. We discuss a person’s ability to experience happiness in good or bad environments, and what can be done to improve our personality health.

After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

Define the concept of adjustment

Clarify the importance of cultural diversity in understanding this concept

Identify the way in which critical thinking helps adjustment

Recognize the scientific method as it applies to psychological research

Discover how psychologists study human adjustment

Explore the concept of personality

Visualize the major forces in personality theory: psychodynamic, learning theory, humanistic theory, and trait theory

Explore the way in which psychologists assess personality

Course Introduction

Take a few minutes to get to know W. Scott Whitacre, PsyD, who discusses the focus of each lecture and previews how psychological adjustment affects our lives.

After completing this lecture, you should be able to:

Predict the direction and content of the lecture series

Comprehend the way in which the lectures will enhance yet transcend the text

Restate issues of confidentiality and privacy as it relates to case presentations contained in the lectures

Human Diversity and Psychological Adjustment

Human diversity is all around us. It is important to have a basic awareness of a person’s cultural, religious, or racial background. This lecture discusses real situational examples and how knowing this information helped Dr. Whitacre turn a troubling situation into a positive experience.

After completing this lecture, you should be able to:

Appreciate the importance of human diversity in understanding psychological adjustment

Explore how our cultural and ethnic beliefs may influence how we react to a situation

Recognize why it is important for a “helping” professional to be mindful of these variations

Reading

Chapter 1: Psychology and the Challenges of Life

Technology, astrology, multitasking, and genes are just a few of the topics covered in this chapter. In addition to studying the psychological influence of these subjects, you examine how psychologists perform their research

Chapter 2: Personality

Explore and assess Sigmund Freud’s theory of personality, also known as psychodynamic theories. Participate in personality tests

Discussion

Paragraph 1

How and why is an appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity important to psychology?

Paragraph 2

How does someone’s identification with a specific ethnic or cultural identity influence their social activity and adjustment?

Instructions

Write two paragraphs, one for each discussion question

Due Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Guidelines

Discussion board posts are worth up to 25 points per week and will be graded according to the following guidelines:

20 points for initial response distributed as follows:

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference, and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

5 points for a response post which is focused in nature and is at least 100 words in length

Grade Value – 20 Points

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Discussion

Response Post

Instructions

Respond to one initial post by a classmate

Due Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Grade Value – 5 points

5 points for a response post

Focused in nature

Minimum of 100 words in length

Quiz

Covers material from Week 1

Due Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Open-book

Untimed

Can only be taken once and in one sitting

You must do your own work!

Sharing of answers will result in a zero for the quiz

Flashcards – Chapter 1

Covering Chapter 1 of text

Flashcards – Chapter 2

Covering Chapter 2 of text

Week 2

Stress and Health

We have all dealt with frustration in our lives. How does our reaction to frustration affect our health? This week explores the causes and management of stress.

After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

Define the concept of stress

Identify the way stress affects physiological functioning

Interpret the general adaptation syndrome (GAS)

Describe the way in which stress affects the immune system

Examine the way that stress affects daily life

Define psychological moderators of stress

Investigate common stress-related health disorders

Explore how you can assess your own stress level

Serial Self-Injurious Behavior

Can our response to situations actually harm us?

After completing this lecture, you should be able to:

Explore the importance of frustration tolerance in healthy psychological adjustment and coping with stress

Recognize the way in which this is part of our everyday lives

Discuss the way in which lack of frustration tolerance can have pathological, harmful consequences

Outline the way in which psychologists teach frustration tolerance

Reading

Chapter 3: Stress: What It Is and How to Manage It

What is the difference between healthy stress and unhealthy stress? This chapter discusses the many types of stress and how stress affects our physical and psychological state

Chapter 4: Psychological Factors and Health

Take a granular look at how stress affects the nervous system, various organs, and the immune system

Discussion

Paragraph 1

What is the general adaptation syndrome? List and define its three phases

Paragraph 2

Discuss something stressful about being an online student and anything from Chapter 3 in our textbook that might help manage this stress

Instructions

Write two paragraphs, one for each discussion question

Due Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Guidelines

Discussion board posts are worth up to 25 points per week and will be graded according to the following guidelines:

20 points for initial response distributed as follows:

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference, and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

5 points for a response post which is focused in nature and is at least 100 words in length

Grade Value – 20 Points

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Discussion

Response Post

Instructions

Respond to one initial post by a classmate

Due Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Grade Value – 5 points

5 points for a response post

Focused in nature

Minimum of 100 words in length

Quiz

Covers material from Week 2

Due Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Open-book

Untimed

Can only be taken once and in one sitting

You must do your own work!

Sharing of answers will result in a zero for the quiz

Flashcards – Chapter 3

Covering Chapter 3 of text

Week 3

Healthy Behavior and the Self

This week discusses circumstances that affect how we “see” ourselves, how others see us, and finally, how we think others see us.

After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

Restate the importance of nutrition in managing stress

Recognize the importance of fitness in managing stress

Paraphrase the importance of healthy sleep patterns in managing stress

Describe how these guidelines are related to a healthy sense of self

Explore the concept of self and its relationship to healthy adjustment

Define self-concept and self-esteem

Report on the way in which identity and esteem are critical to healthy adjustment

Explore how prejudice and discrimination are related to a faulty sense of self-concept and poor self-esteem

Identity and Self-Esteem

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I?” or “Why am I here?” or “Do I like myself?” This lecture reviews what causes us to ask these questions and how these questions are addressed.

After completing this lecture, you should be able to:

Define the concept of identity

Define the concept of self-esteem

Explore the relationship between the two

Review a case presentation which exemplifies this idea

Discover strategies for correcting deficits in each

Interactive Exercise

Identity vs. Self-Esteem

This 10-question interactive exercise will test your knowledge of the difference between the terms identity and self-esteem.

Reading

Chapter 5: Developing Healthier Behaviors

This chapter will help us understand why healthy behaviors, both in activities and food, can lead to improved physical and psychological health

Chapter 6: The Self in a Social World

Do others see us the same way we see ourselves? What’s the importance of a first impression or our body language? Let’s explore these and many more factors in Chapter 6

Discussion

Paragraph 1

Who are you?

Paragraph 2

Why do you define yourself this way?

Instructions

Write two paragraphs, one for each discussion question

Due Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Guidelines

Discussion board posts are worth up to 25 points per week and will be graded according to the following guidelines:

20 points for initial response distributed as follows:

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference, and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

5 points for a response post which is focused in nature and is at least 100 words in length

Grade Value – 20 Points

10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely

5 points for correct citation, reference and use of APA style

5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

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