Write 3-5 pages in which you describe an issue related to gender or sexual orientation, apply psychological
theory, and summarize a research study related to the issue.
Why do men and women approach sex and sexuality differently? Does sexual identity change over time? What
are the similarities and differences between same sex couples and different sex couples? Take this opportunity
to delve more deeply into a topic that strikes your interest, by applying psychological theory and research.
Complete the following:
Choose a topic related to gender or sexual orientation to use for this assessment.
Gender roles and stereotypes.
Gender differences in sexuality.
Same sex couples.
Read one of the articles provided in the Gender and Sexual Orientation Topics [PDF] document that is related
to the topic you chose.
Use the Capella University Library to find one more article to use for your paper.
Select one theory from the following categories: evolutionary, psychological, critical, or learning theories. The
theory you select should help explain the issue faced by a group on which you chose to focus.
Review the Gender or Sexual Orientation Research Paper Template [DOCX] you will use to complete this
The paper should include a brief introduction of the topic and a review of relevant theories and research. The
organization of the paper should be as follows:
Introduction (1–2 paragraphs).
Descriptions of definitions of key terms (1–2 paragraphs).
Issues faced by the group or groups (3–5 paragraphs).
Review of a relevant human sexuality theory or theories related to the group using the text as a key source (3–
Summary of one related study. You can choose the article provided to you or the one you found (3–5
Relevance to topic.
Conclusion (1–2 paragraphs).
You should use a minimum of three references for this assessment, including the course textbook, one of the
articles provided, and one additional source you select. Remember to support all portions of your paper with
scholarly sources using APA style in-text citations and a reference list.
Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and format. See
Evidence and APA for more information.
Number of Resources: Use a minimum of three scholarly resources.
Length: 3–5 double-spaced pages.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Template: Use the Gender or Sexual Orientation Research Paper Template to complete the assessment.
Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save this learning activity to your ePortfolio.Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course
competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Apply basic psychological terminology and concepts related to human sexuality.
Describe the topic chosen.
Define key terms related to the topic chosen.
Describe the issues associated with the topic.
Competency 2: Apply basic psychological theories to topics in human sexuality.
Apply a psychological theory to the issues identified.
Competency 3: Apply basic scientific and research concepts and findings related to human sexuality.
Summarize a research study.
Explain how research has addressed the issues.
Competency 4: Write using a clear purpose, organization, tone, and sentence structure.
Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text.
Use appropriate tone in grammatically sound sentences.