Choose a current debate in psychology from the ‘Critical Controversy’ sections of your King textbook. This paper will be 3-4 pages in length (typed and double-spaced, one inch margins). 

Choose a current debate in psychology from the ‘Critical Controversy’ sections of your King textbook. This paper will be 3-4 pages in length (typed and double-spaced, one inch margins). 

Choose a current debate in psychology from the ‘Critical Controversy’ sections of your King textbook. This paper will be 3-4 pages in length (typed and double-spaced, one inch margins).

Chosen topic: Is it ethical to sue deception in Research?

This written assignment is due Thursday December 1st, 2016. Choose a current debate in psychology from the ‘Critical Controversy’ sections of your King textbook (e.g.,‘Is There a Link Between Creative Genius and Psychopathology?’, pg. 266). You CANNOT choose the first debate (‘Are Young Americans in the Middle of a Narcissism Epidemic?’, pg. 7) as some of you chose this for your application paper and we are going to review this debate as an example in class.

This paper will be 3-4 pages in length (typed and double-spaced, one inch margins).

For full credit, your debate paper must include the following:

  • Times New Roman 12 pt Font
  • Typed, double-spaced with 1” margins
  • 3-4 pages of text (this does not include title page or references)
  • Paragraphs 3-7 sentences in length

APA formatting

  • Title page with your name, course title, and title of your paper
  • References page with at least four references (e.g., your book, an article)
  • No more than 1 direct quote in quotations
  • All citations in APA format (see OWL Purdue or your King text for examples)

RUNNING HEAD: NARCISSISM EPIDEMIC                                                                 1

The American Narcissism Epidemic: Normative or Pathological?

Lourah M. Kelly

Kelly PSYC114CE

Psychological Debate Paper

1December 2016

Suffolk University


The American Narcissism Epidemic: Normative or Pathological?

Three to four pages of text about your topic, double-spaced, without extra spaces between paragraphs. APA within-text citations when you discuss information that you learned from other sources, including your book like this (King, 2014).

My next paragraph starts here with a topic sentence that helps frame the paper for my reader and introduce what is important for them to know about this debate.

The next section describes one side of the debate in 1-1.5 pages. Your first two articles that support this ‘side’ or perspective of the debate are used in this section, like this (Kelly &Rando, 2016) or this (Danitz, Suvak, &Orsillo, 2016).

After side one, this section describes side two in 1-1.5 pages. These sides might be described in the text (likely the easiest way to frame the debate) or a third ‘side’ or perspective you found in your independent research of this topic. You’ll cite your other two articles here, like this (Rando& Kelly, 2016) and this (Riedler& Swenson, 2014). Please refer to our separate handout on how to correctly search for empirical articles and cite articles in APA format.            Articles CANNOT come from Psychology Today, websites, or other non-empirical/ non-scientific sources. You might find some ideas from these non-empirical sources if you wish. If you find an article from an online database (like PsycINFO, Medline, or SocIndex), it is likely an empirical article, but please feel free to check with Professor Kelly or Alora if you have question regarding the type of articles you find.


References here, all with a hanging indent after the first line. All references must be in APA format. You will need five references total: your King text, two articles supporting one side of the debate and two articles supporting another side or perspective of your debate. No tables or figures are needed for this paper.

Below is the general formal of APA format for journal articles

Contributors’ names Last Name, First Name (Year of Publication). Title of resource with only        the first letter capitalized. Journal Name, Volume Number, Starting Page Number –          Ending Page Number. doi: xxxxxxxxxxx

Below is an example of a journal article in APA format

Spirito, A., Wolff, J., Seaboyer, L. M., Hunt, J., Esposito-Smythers, Nugent, N., C., Zlotnick,      C., Miller, I. (2015). Concurrent treatment for adolescent and parent depression: Results                        from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child and Adolescent                                           Psychopharmacology, 25, 131-139.doi:10.1089/cap.2013.0130

Below is an example of a book chapter in APA format

Marks, A. K., Seaboyer, L. M.,& Garcia Coll, C. (2015). The academic achievement of     immigrant children and adolescents. In M. Abo-Zena, A. K. Marks, & C. Suarez-Orozco     (Eds.), Immigrant child development: A contextual approach (259-275). New York:   NYU Press.

Some helpful info from the OWL Purdue website on APA format


APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

Include a page header (also known as the “running head“) at the top of every page. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER” in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper’s title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.

Title Page

The title page should contain the title of the paper, the author’s name, and the institutional affiliation. Include the page header (described above) flush left with the page number flush right at the top of the page. Please note that on the title page, your page header/running head should look like this:


Pages after the title page should have a running head that looks like this:


After consulting with publication specialists at the APA, OWL staff learned that the APA 6th edition, first printing sample papers have incorrect examples of Running heads on pages after the title page. This link will take you to the APA site where you can find a complete list of all the errors in the APA’s 6th edition style guide.

Type your title in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper half of the page. APA recommends that your title be no more than 12 words in length and that it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. Your title may take up one or two lines. All text on the title page, and throughout your paper, should be double-spaced.Beneath the title, type the author’s name: first name, middle initial(s), and last name. Do not use titles (Dr.) or degrees (PhD).Beneath the author’s name, type the institutional affiliation, which should indicate the location where the author(s) conducted the research.



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