UIUC PSYC 238 - Assignment 2 (2 pages)

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Thinking Critically about the Representation of Mental Illness in Popular Media Using Scientific Evidence to Support or Refute Claims Assignment 2 50 points The aim of this assignment is to encourage you to think critically about the information provided in popular media outlets regarding mental disorders Utilizing your knowledge of psychological disorders from BOTH 1 your textbook and 2 scientific evidence based on psychological research you will fact check TWO articles found in mainstream media outlets e g newspapers periodicals magazines webpages etc 1 2 points Locate TWO articles from popular or mainstream media sources that make a straightforward case in support of a clearly stated claim regarding mental illness Be sure to include a copy of each article with your paper 2 8 points For the first article briefly summarize the claims and supporting evidence made in the article regarding only TWO of the following topics I d recommend writing a separate paragraph for each topic a Diagnosis or Description of a particular disorder For example claims that suggest someone has a diagnosis or information provided that describes the disorder b Etiological or risk factors that contribute to the development of the disorder c Treatment of the disorder For example claims that are made about what treatment is appropriate or whether or not treatment is effective d Epidemiology including prevalence rates course of the disorder and the prognosis of those who have the disorder For example claims about how people with this disorder function in their personal lives and in society 3 8 points For the first article identify and summarize information from BOTH 1 your textbook and 2 a REASEARCH article in a peer reviewed journal that either supports or refutes the first claim I d recommend writing a separate paragraph for the information from your textbook and the information from the research article 4 8 points For the first article identify and summarize information from BOTH 1 your



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