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PSY203TMA01Jan181516677685-213691 Question 1

Compare post-traumatic stress disorders and adjustment disorders in terms of their clinical descriptions. [Word limit = 200 words]

(10 marks)


Question 2

Discuss current research in the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

[Word limit = 1000 words]

(70 marks)


Note: A minimum of 3 academic journal articles published from 2008 onwards are required.

General advice

You are asked to discuss the current research into the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In PTSD, following a traumatic event (during which an individual experiences or witnesses death or threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violation), the affected individual re-experiences the event through memories and nightmares (Barlow & Durand, 2015). Psychological treatments have shown to be effective in treating PTSD, though drugs can also be effective in treating the symptoms of PTSD (Barlow & Durand, 2015).


Barlow, D. H., & Durand, V. M. (2015). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (7th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

Relevant material

As a starting point, to address the question you will have to use information from Chapter 5 (Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor-Related, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders) of the textbook. However, reference to relevant research studies and examples is essential. The information in the textbook is limited so you will need to go beyond the textbook and course material to search for relevant information to gain a deeper understanding and incorporate this information in your discussion.  You will need to use at least 3 academic journal articles published in 2008 or later. There is an abundance of sources that you can access from the Library’s OneSearch or Google Scholar. Take care to assess the credibility of your sources, especially those found online. Please note that Wikipedia is not a credible source.  Remember that argument and critical evaluation will make for a better essay than a descriptive essay. This essay does ask for some description but it goes on to ask for more analytical, argument-driven material and this is where marks are to be earned. Remember to cite your sources and provide complete references to them.  Your answer should begin with an introduction that will outline what information you will cover and what your basic argument will be. You will also need to demonstrate the skill of being concise to fit the material into the word limit of 1200 words.


References (5 marks)

The References section lists the full reference of all sources cited or referred to in your assignment.

  • Refer to the referencing guide entitled “Guidance on Referencing in APA Format”.
  • The heading “References” should be centred on the page.
  • Present the reference list in alphabetical order.
  • Do not number the reference items/entries.
  • Observe the hanging indentation (i.e., if the reference goes on to a second line, the second line onwards must be indented).
  • Use double line spacing.
  • Note the correct order of information to be presented in each entry starting with the author’s surname, comma, followed by the author’s initials (note full stops, letter spacing, and commas where applicable especially if there is more than 1 author), year of publication in brackets, full stop, book title in italics (only the first word of the book title starts with a capital letter) or journal article title not in italics (only the first word of the article title starts with a capital letter), etc. (refer to the referencing guide).
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