Choose a topic of interest and discuss how it either developed or affects developmental growth. Can be from a cognitive, social, or moral development point of view. Some topic ideas are listed separately, but certainly you can choose a different topic than the suggestions. If you choose a different topic, check with me first.
Write approximately a two- to four-page paper, using at least two articles from a psychological or counseling journal. The citations within the text as well as the reference page at the end need to be in APA format. Examples of APA format are listed on a separate page. The paper is to be typed and double-spaced.
You will present your developmental paper to the class at the end of the semester when the term paper is due (see the Syllabus).
Discussion of Conceptual Information regarding your topic.
How your topic affects future growth and behavior or how you believe it has developed, based on your research and the textbook.
Summary & Concluding Comments
Points: 90 – 100 Points = A
80 – 89 Points = B
70 – 79 Points = C
60 – 69 Points = D
Below 60 Points = F
Possible Developmental Psychology Term Paper Topics
What is the effect of bullying on academic performance and social development.
Is music a good way to teach the young brains?
Why do teenagers commit suicide or harm themselves physically?
What is child abuse and how does it affect a child in his/her development?
Are free range parents better than helicopter parents or vice versa, which one is better for the child’s development? Think about incorporating parenting styles into this.
Should I appreciate my child’s little achievements or ignore them, which one is better for his/her social and emotional growth?
Are tangible rewards like candies, chocolates, toys better than social appreciation and acknowledgement? For instance, clapping for your child when he says the right word or letter? Should every child on a team receive a “participation award”? How does this affect social and emotional growth?
What difference does it make to be a first child and to be the last child, are former better in completing their tasks on time than latter? Does this affect development?
Do only-child parents feel more troubles in bringing up the baby than those with many kids? Is it better to have one child only to help him excel better in life? What is the effect on development?
How do Eating disorders and habits develop?
Do mental games such as word searches, Sudoku, and word matching help elderly adults keep their cognitive skills sharp? Do they reduce the risk of declining cognitive performance?
What are the mental and physical effects of adolescent depression and what is the developmental process?
What are the biggest factors that affect the development of language in children 9 months to 3 years old?
Are Piaget’s stages of concrete operation describing when children start using logic and reasoning still valid?
What do little children fear most, and how do those fears translate into other areas of their life as they grow older? Therefore, how do fears affect development?
How does emotional development proceed in infants as compared to adolescents?
APA Formats for References & Citations in the Text
The term paper is to be in APA format. This will only affect your references (you need at least two journal articles for reference) and the citations within the text if you either quote or refer to the article. Below are some examples of references and citations in APA format for either a journal article or an article found on-line.
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