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In this assignment, you will conduct a comprehensive literature review focused on treatment approaches for mental health disorders. The objective is to enhance your understanding of evidence-based treatment strategies and their effectiveness within the realm of abnormal psychology. You will select and critically analyze two empirical studies that investigate different treatment approaches for a specific mental health disorder. Your literature review should adhere to APA format style guidelines and be at least 5 pages in length, excluding the title page and references. 

The purpose of this assignment is to enhance your understanding of evidence-based treatment strategies and their effectiveness within the realm of abnormal psychology.  In a 5-6 page (not counting title or reference page) APA-style paper, complete the following:


Topic Selection:  

Choose a specific mental health disorder as the central theme for your literature review. You can select from a range of disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, etc. 

Empirical Study Selection:  

Identify and select two recent empirical studies from peer-reviewed journals that investigate treatment approaches for the chosen mental health disorder. Ensure that these studies comprise original research encompassing data collection, analysis, and conclusions. 


Literature Review: Compose a comprehensive literature review encompassing the following components: 

Introduction: Introduce the chosen mental health disorder, its prevalence, and significance. 

Clearly state the purpose of your literature review in exploring treatment approaches. 

Method:   Describe your approach to searching for the two empirical studies.  Explain the criteria employed for the selection of these studies. 

Study 1:  Summarize the research objectives, treatment approach, and hypotheses of the first empirical study.  

Discuss the methodology employed, including sample size, intervention techniques, and outcome measures.  

Present the major findings and conclusions derived from the study.  

Analyze the strengths and limitations of the study's design and outcomes.

Study 2:  Follow the same structure as Study 1, summarizing the key components of the second empirical study. 

Comparative Analysis:  Analyze and contrast the methodologies, findings, and implications of the two studies.  

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each study's contribution to understanding treatment approaches for the chosen mental health disorder.  

Address any inconsistencies or gaps in the research and propose potential reasons for such variations. 

Conclusion:  Summarize the primary findings of both studies.  

Highlight the implications of these findings for treating the chosen mental health disorder.  

Emphasize the broader significance of the studies' contributions to the field of abnormal psychology and their potential impact on clinical practice.  

ReferencesCompile a comprehensive list of all sources cited in your literature review following the APA format style. 


APA Formatting: Ensure your literature review strictly adheres to the APA format style guidelines for in-text citations, references, headings, font size, margins, and page numbering.

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