Write 4–6 pages in which you present and support an argument on what you believe to be the most prominent factors in the causes of depression. Base your assessment on the two scholarly articles previously analyzed in your Research Analysis assessment.
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.
Professionals in psychology must be able to critically analyze multiple perspectives of research and determine the most compelling argument.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
•Competency 1: Apply information literacy and library research skills to obtain scholarly information in the field of psychology. ◦Support arguments with scholarly evidence.
•Competency 2: Apply psychological theories and principles to topics in psychology. ◦State a position on the causes of depression.
•Competency 3: Analyze scholarly information and research findings through critical thinking to solve problems in the field of psychology. ◦Identify arguments to support the position taken on the causes of depression.
•Competency 4: Apply ethical principles and standards to topics in psychology. ◦Apply ethical principles or standards to concerns in research on depression.
•Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology. ◦Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.
◦Use APA format and style.
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Becoming competent in psychological science means that you not only develop a set of ideas about how people think and behave—you also gain an understanding of how psychologists arrive at their conclusions. Nearly all psychological research relies on the ability to make generalizations about a population based on a sampling of data, with a fair amount of certainty. Those professionals who perform research rely on statistics to analyze the results, but there are many more who will read the results of the research and apply it in the real world. It is important to be able to critically analyze any research findings in order to determine if the methods used and the results reported are valid, and if they are relevant to you as a professional. Inaccurate findings could lead to improper application, creating flaws and confusion in the scientific knowledge you are building. In order to critically analyze research reports, you need to consider the context in which the research was conducted, the methods used by the researchers to address the research questions, what the results of the research are, what conclusions the researchers made from the results, and if the conclusions are important.
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