HE DISORDER PAPER
Assignment 3: Disorder Paper EPIDEMIOLOGY
The disorder paper will explore a disorder in greater detail than in class and the textbook. You will complete your disorder paper over a series of assignments. As you write the paper, imagine that your reader will be an intelligent “lay person” – someone who has knowledge of psychology, but not an advanced degree in it. This means that you will explain the meaning of any highly specialized terms that you may use in the text of your paper.
The paper will address several elements of the disorder. For example, it will describe the essential and non-essential features of the disorder, epidemiology (e.g., prevalence rates, typical onset and course, risk factors, familial pattern, etc. The paper will also describe causal factors (remember to emphasize multidimensional models of causality). As we go through the different classes of disorders, we have utilized a multidimensional model that considers genetic, biological, psychological (behavioral, cognitive), and social factors; this model will also be present in the paper. The paper will also address treatment.
ASSIGNMENT 3: EPIDEMIOLOGY
v In this section, you will provide information about the prevalence, course, onset, and any
patterns of the disorder. Be sure to address:
Ø Prevalence (it is preferred that you provide 1-year/point and lifetime prevalence
information if available)
Ø Typical age of onset (i.e., does this tend to start during childhood? The teenage years?
Early Adulthood? Middle Adulthood? Older Adulthood?)
Ø Description of the typical onset (e.g., is this something that comes on suddenly or
develops gradually over time?)
Ø The course of the disorder (e.g., do symptoms wax and wane over time? Is this something
that is typically chronic? Or is it usually short-lived?)
Ø Typical prognosis for the disorder in the absence of treatment (e.g., does this tend to
spontaneously remit without treatment, or become worse?)
Ø Presence of any age or gender-related patterns to the disorder (for example, Alzheimer’s
Disease diagnosis are higher among the oldest-old than the young-old; major depressive disorder occurs twice as often in females)
v Be sure to cite sources utilized in this section
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