Causes Of Depression Research Analysis Overview Apply your critical thinking skills to find and analyze two scholarly research articles on a specific topic in psychology; the causes of depression. Your assessment is a worksheet designed to guide you in the steps of the analysis of the articles. Note: Assessments in this course will help you progressively build your critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills. Completing the assessments in sequential order, 1–5, will give you the best opportunity for success in demonstrating each of these skills. Context The writing you are required to do in your lifetime varies greatly. Personal writing may include letters and e-mails, while professional writing may include e-mails, business letters, proposals, and reports. Communicating effectively and professionally is an important skill that can help you in all aspects of your life. You will find that the ability to effectively present yourself and your ideas in writing can also help you build your skill in critically analyzing the writings, ideas, and supporting evidence presented by others. Read the Assessment 2 Context document for more information on writing skills, as well as the causes of depression. ASSESSMENT 2 CONTEXT Presenting your own thoughts is a valuable skill, but the ability to analyze the ideas of others is equally important to emphasize your arguments or support your position. One of the ways to do this is through paraphrasing. Paraphrasing is creating your own version of the key information and ideas that belong to someone else. It is also a legitimate way to borrow from a source, as long as you accurately cite the source! The mental skills needed to successfully paraphrase can allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the original material and connect that back to your own arguments. Often, professional writing requires more than simply being able to express thoughts or opinions; it also requires the ability to support those thoughts or opinions with valid, credible, evidence-based research. The basic research typically done in undergraduate programs involves searching for information, finding scholarly or professional resources about the information, and using critical thinking to analyze and interpret the information. In today`s technology-driven society, there is a tendency to over-rely on the Internet as the primary research resource. Psychology professionals understand that a wealth of information and past research can only be found in a library. Learning how to search library databases for journal articles relevant to your needs is a skill that will serve you well throughout your career. Online libraries usually offer tutorials on how to search effectively, and librarians are always happy to help. Causes of Depression Depression stems from many potential biological, personality, and environmental factors. Generally, causes fall into one of two major categories: biological or cognitive behavioral. Those on one side of the debate argue that biological factors are the root cause of depression. Those on the other side of the debate argue for the perspective that depression is caused by cognitive-behavioral and environmental factors. The biological perspective focuses on factors, such as heredity, genes, hormones, neurology, and so on. The cognitive-behavioral position, which also includes environmental factors, focuses on factors such as thoughts, behaviors, trauma, social support, socialization, and so on. There are several lines of evidence to support the biological perspective: Genetic studies. Twin studies. Biochemical studies (such as homones, serotonin levels, et cetera.) There are several lines of evidence to support the cognitive-behavioral perspective: Rumination (which is repetitive negative thinking) and self-concept. Social support Culture (could include traumatic experiences, socioeconomic conditions, socialization, or other personal or environmental factors). To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community. What are some professional situations in which it would be beneficial to utilize library and Internet research skills? What is your professional impression of a person who sends a professional communication like an e-mail that contains misspelled words or other grammatical errors? Toggle Drawer Resources Required Resources The following resources are required to complete the assessment. Capella Resources Click the links provided to view the following resources: Causes of Depression Analysis Worksheet. Internet Resources Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have either been granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication. American Psychological Association. (2014). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx SHOW MORE Assessment Instructions Note: Assessments in this course will help you progressively build your critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills. Completing the assessments in sequential order, 1–5, will give you the best opportunity for success in demonstrating each of these skills. For this assessment, apply your critical thinking skills to identify and analyze two scholarly research articles concerning the causes of depression. Preparation Think about whether you feel biological causes or cognitive-behavioral causes are more at work in the origins of depression. You may view the topics and articles in the Cause of Depression Resources list to help you make your selection. Once you have chosen your point of view, select two articles related to that perspective to analyze for this assessment. You may select one article from the Cause of Depression Resources list. Conduct a library search to find a second article related to your position. If you do not find an article on the Cause of Depression Resources list that you would like to use, you may select two from the library. Both articles must be scholarly (avoid using popular media sources, such as Wikipedia, WebMD, et cetera.). Directions After selecting your position (biological or cognitive-behavioral) and two articles that support your position, complete the Causes of Depression Analysis Worksheet, linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading. For the Causes of Depression Analysis Worksheet, you will be providing the elements of purpose, point of view, assumptions, arguments, and evidence for each article. Additionally, you will be considering the inferences, conclusions, and implications of the findings from the research you read. Include the APA references for each of your articles at the top of the columns. Then, work your way down the columns to analyze each of the two articles that you selected. In your worksheet, fill in the sections by paraphrasing what you understand that the authors have said. Use direct quotes only occasionally (A worksheet completely filled in with direct quotes will be returned for you do to more paraphrasing, that is, to articulate what you have read into your own words.) Plan on completing at least one well-developed paragraph per box on the worksheet. Some sections may warrant more than one paragraph. A fully developed worksheet will not only help you to better develop the competencies related to this assessment, but will help you to be better prepared to complete your Causes of Depression Position assessment. When finished, submit your worksheet for grading. Depression Analysis Worksheet Purpose: The Cause of Depression Analysis Worksheet`s purpose is to guide your steps in analyzing the resources from the Causes of Depression Resources list and Capella library regarding the cause of depression from the perspective you have chosen to research. This worksheet will help lead you through the research process by providing you a systematic way to analyze the articles you have selected. As you review sources, you will use the worksheet to analyze the authors` positions on the issue and the arguments they present to support their positions. To fill out the worksheet, work your way down through the analysis components for each individual article and record your analysis for each component in the cell under the title of the article you are reviewing. You will submit your Cause of Depression Analysis Worksheet for grading to the corresponding link. Additional Requirements Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message. APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting guidelines. Number of resources: A minimum of two current scholarly or professional resources. Length: Include a substantive amount of detail in the worksheet. 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