PSY 388 _ Does hearing voices always indicate a diagnosis of psychosis?

  1. Select the
    Topics are provided below. Note that this is a preliminary list of topics for those
    who want to get started straight away. There may be some additional topics
    added by the end of Week 2 as I am consulting with stakeholders.
  2. Do some
    You should commence your reading about the topic with the appropriate sections
    of your text and perhaps books or other resources available in the library. It is also
    worth starting a general search in the databases
  3. Developing a
    Once you have an idea about the topic you can start developing a search strategy.
    This includes
     Clarify your question – note, as this is an undergraduate unit, you will not be
    expected to use any particular format (eg no need to use PICO etc)
     Identifying relevant search terms. For example, if your question was: Is social
    phobia/social anxiety disorder is just an extreme form of shyness? Your search
    terms might be “Social Anxiety” or “Social Phobia” and “Shyness” and
    “continuum”. You may need to play around with this.
     Visit for some more
    ideas on using search terms
     The idea is to introduce you to this process at this level, so we don’t expect
    perfection at this stage!
  4. Searching the
     Once you have fleshed out your search
    strategy, then the idea is to apply this to a
    range of databases
     For this review we expect you to use the
    same systematic process with at least the
    following databases (see Database List)
    o PsycINFO (includes PsycArticles)
    o Scopus
    o Web of Science
    o PubMed
    You can of course choose to use more, but we want to make sure you don’t have
    to end up reading 1000 articles!
     Keep good records of the search strategy you are using (eg search terms, how
    many articles you find), so that you can replicate if in future. See for an example
     Become familiar with the features of the database (eg storing records of
    searches etc to make your job easier)
  5. Identify
     You should go through the references and identify relevant articles. Some
    might be background reading (eg opinion pieces, literature reviews) but when
    looking for the evidence you also want to include
     Recently published empirical (ie they collect data) journal articles which you
    must access in full text, not as abstracts.
     DO NOT just select studies that support your view, the range of studies
    identified become the “pool” of evidence that needs to be reviewed
     If there are a lot, you can limit the search parameters to be more specific eg
    o only in the past 5 years; only in a particular population (eg adults not
    children); only in particular conditions (eg depression not psychosis)
     Think about what community resources are not yet available, and perhaps gear
    your search towards that!
    PSY388 Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour. Assessment Guide (TNE) 3
    Community Information Resource: Steps (continued)
  6. Review the
    The pool of studies you have identified as relevant should be read and reviewed,
    so that you are reviewing as much of the evidence available in relation to your
    topic. Some questions to ask yourself in preparing the review include
    o What are the main themes identified in the literature? Are there any trends?
    o Are the results consistent, or are they mixed?
    o What are the gaps? What other research do we still need to do?
    o Others might have already reviewed the evidence and produced a review – in
    this assignment, you can refer to these as well.
    o The idea is to review the literature in a balanced way, supported by evidence to
    answer the question (and indicate how well we can answer it!).
  7. Assignment:
    Write your
    This literature review must not be simply descriptive, but rather you must
    demonstrate that you have engaged critically with the academic literature
    pertaining to all aspects of the topic you have chosen to research and you must
    develop coherent arguments informed by the research literature.
     Your essay must be fully referenced using the APA style of referencing.
  8. Review other
     Check the LMS for some examples
     Common sites with examples include: Black Dog Institute; beyondblue; Centre
    for Clinical Interventions
  9. Assignment:
    Produce your
     Similar to the mental health “Fact Sheets” that you are
    likely to be familiar with.
     Max 500 words
     Do NOT use APA style referencing (as it is intended for a lay
    audience), but content should CLEARLY map to the review.
     Size limit is two A4 pages. (A4 poster, an A4 flyer (front and
    back), an A3 poster, an A4 trifold brochure, or a folded A4
    page to produce an A5 folded booklet (and so on).
     Be creative! This resource may be further developed for use in our clinics and
    our research clinics
    10.Submission Submit all assignment to the LMS. Please note: This assignment must be
    submitted to the plagiarism detection software by the due date. This can be
    accessed via LMS using the link provided. For more information about this
    process please see the LMS.


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