Rranged Marriages in India: The way Marriage is viewed in the Hindu Faith

Topic:

Arranged Marriages in India: The way Marriage is viewed in the Hindu Faith

Marital satisfaction would be the main psychological aspect. Do these marriages last longer due to satisfaction in a partner vs. marriages that are not arranged?

Focus on marital satisfaction from a psychological point of view




The second and longer writing assignment for this class most closely typifies the traditional a?research papera? that students complete while finishing a degree in psychology. Each student will submit a paper of 8-12 pages in length (double-spaced in American Psychological Association 6th edition Publication Manual format) on a topic related to the course.

Note: Prior to completing the research, students will need to submit their paper topic to the instructor via email by the end of Module 2, (Sunday, 11:59 PM EDT/EST) for approval. When developing your topics, please identify a very specific area to research, as topics that are very broad do not allow the student ample time to discuss the issue in depth. If there is an area of the field in which you are interested and are having difficulty developing a research paper topic, please discuss the issue with your instructor. The topic must address issues in both psychology and culture.

It is expected that this research paper will constitute a 100% original work on your part, using relevant citations from the professional literature, thoughtfully developing a thesis statement, and providing a logical conclusion. As such, this paper should be in such a form as to permit submission to a local, regional, or national psychological conference.

Your instructor will provide more specific instructions and grading criteria. If you have questions or concerns about this paper at any time during the course of the semester, please consult with your instructor for guidance.



General Writing Instructions for the term paper (paper II):
First: choose a topic
The first step is to find a topic of interest to you that has scholarly resources. The topic must relate to psychology and culture. Choose a topic in psychology that interests you and then try to look at it from a cultural point of view. An example might be researching ADHD diagnosis and treatment in America versus China. Or, maybe you want to compare depression rates and treatment in black Americans as compared to white Americans.
Use the SLU library resources available to search for scholarly articles prior to formalizing your topic. As you search for articles you may find you have to get more or less specific before you find several articles of interest. Knowing in advance that there is actual research in your area of interest will save you headaches later when you start the actual research.
Your topic has to be approved by the end of week 2. You must choose your topic a I will not choose one for you so do not submit more than one. I often do not approve topics the first time around, so give yourself some time for back and forth with me before the end of the week. The easiest way to get your topic approved is to clearly state the psychological issues and the cultures you will be addressing. Saying something generic like a?I want to explore womenas happiness in various countriesa? will NOT get approved. Saying you want to explore depression rates in married versus non-married women in India and China will be.
Not having an approved topic by the end on week 2 does impact your grade.
Second: review the literature
Once your proposal has been approved, you can begin the task of a thorough literature review of your topic. Remember to use scholarly sources (as you search the psychology databases available online at St. Leo check a?peer revieweda? or a?scholarlya? to ensure you only get articles that will meet this requirement), and remember to use APA style throughout your paper (there are resources in doc sharing if you donat have the APA manual, or a general internet search will help you find resources). Scholarly sources are journal articles from peer-reviewed journals. Articles should be current research a it is best to use those that are no older than 5 years old. Textbooks, websites, and online articles not from journals, etc are not scholarly.
You should develop an outline as you find more articles. Your outline will help to keep your thoughts and your writing organized. You must start your paper early, and work on it gradually throughout the term. Important: If you want to use additional reliable resources for your topic you can, but 8 scholarly sources are the minimum. Do not use websites like Wikipedia, since it is not a reliable source.
Third: start writing
Begin your paper with a good introduction. A good introduction serves as a road map to your paper, and helps to keep the reader organized and focused as he/she reads. Ensure your

introduction clearly states the purpose of your paper. Then go into detail about each of the topics that youare going to discuss. Make sure that youave read and understand the articles before you begin writing. Synthesize what youave learned. Do not simply give summaries of one article after another. This is not an annotated bibliography. This is your paper, written in your own words, about what youave learned about a particular topic (but NOT written in first person). If you need to summarize the articles (or at least the aspects of them that are relevant to your paper) for yourself before you begin your paper, thatas fine. Once youave summarized the key points from the articles that youad like to use, organize them topically (consistent with your outline) for yourself. Many writers find that to be useful. Itas best not to have the article itself in front of you as you write, although you can certainly refer to it if you need to. Itas too easy to plagiarize (even inadvertently) if you write while reading the articles. Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, is a serious form of academic misconduct that should be avoided at all costs. Remember, all ideas that are not your original thoughts must have citations and references. In a research paper you will find that nearly every paragraph has a citation, and sometimes several throughout the paragraph, depending on how many sources you are paraphrasing.
Once youave completed the body of your paper, write your discussion/conclusion section. A short, one paragraph conclusion will be inadequate. A good conclusion should go on for a page or so. Refer back to your introduction to make sure you touch on all the points you mentioned there (which should also be all the points you elaborated on in your paper), then basically summarize your main points. Now that youave written about 7-8 pages, itas time to make the point of all your research clear. What do you want your reader to get from your paper? In what direction do you see this line of research/area of study going based on what you learned?
Make sure you use proper in-text headers to help organize your paper.
Rough Draft:
Because I have found that students need a great deal of feedback in order to develop as writers, and because I want you all to do well in the course, I am allowing you to turn in a rough draft of your paper for feedback IF YOU WANT TO. I will not require this, since not everyone needs that level of feedback, but if you want feedback to help ensure you get a good grade then turn one in to me by the end of week 5. If you are unsure of your APA writing abilities it will be important to get a rough draft to me for feedback.
Final Draft:
The final paper will include a well developed introduction, body, and conclusion. It will be at least 8 pages in length (of text a not including abstract, reference page, etc.) and include at least 8 scholarly references (journal articles). Your final draft should be free of grammatical errors, and APA style errors should all be corrected at this point. You should have a good grasp of your subject matter, and your writing should convey that. Keep your writing clear and concise. Do not write the paper in the first person. Check the grading criteria sheet f