Cultural Comparison Paper

 

One learning objective for this course requires that we examine the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences. In order to do this, we must be aware of differences that exist based on the context, environment, and culture within which psychological factors develop.
This assignment will have you clearly compare and contrast a psychological concept across cultural groups within the United States, and to critically examine the problems of that construct in non-North American contexts.
Potential Topics:
• Specific mental health disorder
• Gender roles
• Cognitive styles
• Locus of control
• Intelligence/Achievement
• Self-efficacy/ Self-perception
• Attachment
• Parenting Styles
• Indigenous psychotherapies
• Developmental theories/models
• Interpersonal attraction
• Addictions
• Experience and expression of emotion
• Personality theories
Part 1: Comparative Construct Definitions
Definitions and Perspectives: 5 points
• Examine comparative research and theory to identify different ways of defining the concept
• Include similar theories or models, different diagnostic or assessment strategies, or different definitions made by researchers.
Comparisons: 5 points
• Summarize the similarities and differences across definitions.
Part 2: Disparities in North America
For this section, you will look at research on the U.S. context and find disparities and inequities based on gender, SES, and race/ethnicity. You will want to consider the following:
Identification and Treatment: 5 points
• What are the differences in prevalence based on gender, SES, and race/ethnicity?
• What are the differences in treatment or interventions based on gender, SES, and race/ethnicity?
• What are the differences in access and compliance services?
Causes and Stigma: 5 points
• What are the sociocultural factors influence this phenomenon based on gender, SES, and race/ethnicity?
• What stigmas exist for this phenomenon? How are they different based on gender, SES, and race/ethnicity?
PSY 310: Cultural Comparison Paper
Part 3: Relevance Outside of North America
Select two other countries and examine the relevance of your chosen concept to a these non-American cultures. Keep in mind that it may mean that your chosen issue does not “exist” in certain countries. You will want to consider the following:
Identification and Treatment: 5 points
• What are the prevalence rates in different cultures?
• How is it identified or diagnosed in those cultures?
• What are the treatments, if any, for this phenomenon or how is it handled? How effective are they?
Causes and Stigma: 5 points
• What factors influence this phenomenon in different cultures?
• What stigmas exist for this phenomenon? What are the beliefs surrounding its causes?
Again, make sure to use research to support your arguments, and to answer all of these questions for both cultures you have chosen.
Part 4: Fostering Cultural Sensitivity
Ethical Considerations: 5 points
• Student recognizes the complexity of ethical issues related to the topic
• This should include elements important to members from different cultures, such as their history, values, communication styles, beliefs, and/or practices.
• Consider how the important elements might influence the identification and treatment process
Changing Conceptions: 5 points
• Discuss how your phenomenon may need to be modified in order to be more inclusive in the U.S. and of value in other cultures
• Identify an alternative concept that may be more relevant to other cultures
Part 5: Quality of Work
Presentation: 5 points
• The paper had formal language and tone throughout
• It is well-organized, making use of headings and transitions
• It adheres to APA formatting
• There are no errors in references, in-text and in the reference list
Use of Evidence: 5 points
• Student demonstrates that he/she has sought and evaluated scientific evidence
• Each perspective refers to specific valid peer-reviewed research articles