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One of the most visible places to find examples of abnormal psychology is in the movies. This project will involve watching a feature film that deals with psychopathology. The movie is Alfie 2004- comedy full movie. For this project you will write a 5 page paper (double-spaced, type-written, 12-point font) using the guidelines below. Your paper must be a minimum of 5 pages, not including title page or reference page. Your paper is due on 10/29 by midnight. The individual paper is worth 50 points and is worth 8% of your total grade. Please keep in mind that this paper is an "analysis" of the movie, and not a "summary" (I've seen all of the movies on the list, so I don't need the plot). Please spend your efforts on good analysis using the following required guidelines: 1. Focus on the individual What do you observe about the person, their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Please focus on a single character within the film that displays a mental illness. If there is more than one character with a mental illness (i.e., "Girl Interrupted"), please focus on the primary character. According to the definition(s) presented in both the lecture and the reading, is this person acting abnormal (i.e., "4 Big D's" - distressful, deviant, dysfunctional, and dangerous)? What are their difficulties? Is a diagnosis given in the film? Is it correct? How was it made? How would you alter the diagnosis? What do you think the diagnosis is? What are the primary ("most important"), predisposing ("making someone liable or inclined to a specified attitude, action, or condition"), or precipitating ("an event or situation - typically one that is bad or undesirable - that causes something to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely") causes of the person's disturbance? How does the person's history (i.e., their past experiences) relate to their disturbance? If the person's history is not known, clearly stated, or shown in the film, what do you believe may have been a potential experience or event within the person's history that might have contributed to the onset or exacerbation of their mental illness? Take a particular model of causality (e.g., biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, sociocultural, behavioral, and/or human-existential) and apply it to the known or possible cause of the mental illness. 2. Focus on the environment Are there any environmental influences that you believe are influential to the person’s disturbance? (e.g., the era, an institution, a dysfunctional family, a therapist’s practice, etc.) Does the movie accurately portray the person with the mental illness? Or, do you believe the portrayal is distorted by “Hollywood”? How do others respond to this person? Please focus on mental health professionals, family members, friends, and others in the person's environment. If treatment was given in the film, was it helpful/harmful? If treatment was not given in the film (or not known to have happened), what type of treatment would you recommend (i.e., type of drug therapy, type of psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, etc.)? What else do you believe would have helped the person improve/change, in your opinion? These are some questions to ask yourself. Each movie, each story is different and should provide a different focus to your paper. Work from your own experience and current knowledge base. Do not feel that you have to do “research”. To potentially receive a high grade, however, the above questions should be focused on in one way or another. Remember to write clearly and in a well-organized manner, since that is a portion of your grade as well. Always read back your work (and better yet, also have someone else read through it as they might be able to catch a mistake that you missed) and use grammar/spell-check tools before handing in your paper. Please keep in mind that Muskegon Community College utilizes a plagiarism detection program called “Safe Assign”, and your paper will be filtered through this program. Simply click on the assignment title above to upload your paper to be graded. Also, please keep in mind that you must use a ".doc" format. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY MOVIE REVIEW RUBRIC Poor Good Excellent Content & Development (30 pts.) Poor -Content is incomplete -Major points are not clear and/or persuasive -Little to no reference to abnormal psychology as depicted in the movie Good -Content is accurate and persuasive -Major points are stated -Responses are adequate and address assignment -Content and purpose of the writing are clear -References made to movie Excellent -Content is comprehensive, accurate, and persuasive -Major points are stated clearly and are well supported -Responses are excellent, timely and address assignment including course concepts -Content and purpose of the writing are clear -References to examples are nicely integrated throughout the paper Organization & Structure (5 pts.) Poor -Organization and structure detract from the message of the writer -Paragraphs are disjointed and lack transition of thoughts -Paper comes across as choppy Good -Structure is mostly clear and easy to follow -Paragraph transitions are present -Conclusion is logical -Somewhat choppy with some smooth transitions Excellent -Structure of the paper is clear and easy to follow -Paragraph transitions are logical and maintain the flow of thought throughout the paper -Conclusion is logical and flows from the body of the paper Format (5 pts.) Poor -Paper length is inadequate or excessive Good -Paper is of adequate length Excellent -Format enhances readability of paper -Paper is of adequate length Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling (5 pts.) Poor -Paper contains numerous grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors -Language uses jargon, slang, or conversational tone Good -Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed with minor errors -Spelling has minor errors Excellent -Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed -No spelling errors -Language is clear and precise; sentences display consistently strong, varied structure Completion of Assignment (5 pts.) Poor -Assignment is turned in late -Paper does not answer the research questions -Paper does not reflect effort Good -Assignment is turned in on the due date -Answers the research questions but is not expanded and integrated -Paper reflects moderate effort Excellent -Assignment is turned in on the due date -Research questions are answered well and reflects mature and consistent effort

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