Theoretical Foundations and Draft of Program Selection

II. Research and Theoretical Foundations: Apply contemporary developmental psychology research and classic and contemporary theories to the selected developmental issue.
A. Analyze contemporary developmental psychology research in explaining the selected developmental issue. In other words, what does research have to say about the evolution of your selected developmental issue? Be sure to support your position with specific examples.
B. Apply the three core themes of developmental psychology to the selected developmental issue.
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Where does the selected issue fall on the continuum of nature versus nurture? Be sure to substantiate your claims with specific scholarly research.
Where does the selected issue fall on the continuum of continuity versus discontinuity? Be sure to substantiate your claims with specific scholarly research.
Where does the selected issue fall on the continuum of stability versus change? Be sure to substantiate your claims with specific scholarly research.
III. Program Selection: Identify an existing program that targets the selected developmental issue for prevention or treatment.
A. Discuss the target of the program in terms of whether the program promotes healthy development, targets prevention of a developmental
issue, or provides actual treatment for an issue. In other words, is the program promotional, preventative, or prescriptive?
B. Determine the extent to which the assessment and treatment methods employed by the program address the selected developmental issue
across diverse populations.

  1. What is the process for an individual with the selected developmental issue to be admitted to the selected program? What admissions
    policies or procedures might need to be considered in terms of cultural, ethnic, or socioeconomic standing?
  2. What methods are utilized by the program to provide intervention, health promotion, or treatment for the developmental issue with
    regard to cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic sensitivity?
    C. Analyze the selected program’s methods for the developmental theory and research that you feel were chosen to serve as its foundation.
  3. Does the program clearly stick to the core concepts of the developmental theory in its approach to assessment? Be sure to substantiate your claims with specific examples and research.
  4. Do the treatment or intervention methods vary from what the developmental theory would support or recommend? Be sure to explain your rationale.
  5. How might the assessment, prevention, or treatment methods be aligned with a different developmental theory? Be sure to justify your position with research.
    Rubric
    Guidelines for Submission: Students should provide a five- to six-page essay as a Microsoft Word document that thoroughly addresses the critical elements outlined above in APA format. No abstract is necessary, and title and reference pages will not be credited as part of the page count.

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