PSYCH127A Paper: Abnormality and Mental Illness in the Media For your paper, we ask that you select a person/character (either past or present) with a history of mental illness as documented or suggested in a movie, or book (fiction or non- fiction). While there may be many other famous people/historical figures who seem to have abnormal behavior/mental illness, I ask that you constrain your assignment to the depiction of mental illness in film and literature (please do not use entertainment news and tabloids as your source of information). In completing this assignment, I would like for you to: 1) Describe the person/character’s behavior. Explain how these behaviors are consistent with the elements of abnormality discussed in your book. Use at least 4 out of the 7 elements (suffering, maladaptiveness, statistical deviancy, violation of standards of society, social discomfort, irrationality and unpredictability, dangerousness) to explain how this individual’s behaviors are consistent with the various dimensions. (1-2 pages) 2) Using the causal models of abnormality (biological, psychological, socio-cultural) describe factors that you believe may have caused this individual to have a mental illness/abnormal behavior. If it is not explicitly stated in your source, you can give a hypothetical explanation of why this person may have such a behavior(s). Describe how each of the causal models would explain this behavior. (1-2 pages) 3) Did the individual receive treatment? If so, describe the treatment he/she received? Think about the various types of treatment discussed in class. If the person did not receive treatment, discuss your thoughts regarding why the individual did not receive treatment. (1/2-1 page) 4) What are your thoughts about how this person/character is depicted in the film, novel, or book that you chose? Does the portrayal seem accurate, sensationalized, inaccurate, etc.? In your opinion, how does this portrayal of mental illness affect society’s perceptions of the mentally ill? (1/2-1 page) 5) Cite your sources including any references from the textbook Your paper should be 4 pages minimum and 5 pages maximum, double-spaced, using Arial 11point font or Times new Roman 12 point font with one inch margins all around. Anything written after the fifth page will not be graded. Please include a title page ( not to be counted as part of your 4-5 pages). Use APA format throughout the paper and to cite your source. You may use for guidelines on APA formatting. Grammatical errors, organization and clarity of writing will be considered when assigning total points. Please proofread your assignment.
FILM and Literature-possibilities Disclaimer: This is a list downloaded from wikipedia. It is a list of possible movies and books that may be appropriate for the paper. It is up to you to determine if the movie/book etc. that you select is actually appropriate and fits the assignment. You do not have to choose from this list.
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- Borderline personality disorder, 1920, Histrionic personality disorder, Black Swan