The purpose of this three-page essay is for students to explore and explain the various influential factors of
Schizophrenia (ie., biological and environmental research), as well as describe an effective treatment. The
end of the essay will conclude with a reflection section and faith perspective. (CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). This Essay
is worth up to 100 points.
A successful essay will address the following areas:
Introduction (1 paragraph): Briefly introduce the reader to the topic, using citations when necessary. Outline
what will be covered in the paper.
Using at least two peer-reviewed studies (no websites), discuss what genetic factors have been identified
in the development or maintenance of Schizophrenia. Summarize the studies, clearly stating the biological
factors and how they influence Schizophrenia (ie., onset of psychotic symptoms, maintenance of the
Using at least two peer-reviewed studies (no websites), discuss what environmental factors have been
identified in the development or maintenance of Schizophrenia. Summarize the studies, clearly stating the
non-genetic factors and how they influence Schizophrenia (ie., severity of the symptoms, onset of the
Using at least one peer-reviewed study (no websites), discuss one effective method to treat Schizophrenia
(ie., medication, therapy, etc.). Be sure to summarize the study, explaining the treatment and how it is
helpful (ie., reducing which symptoms, improving functioning, etc.).
Reflection/Faith Integration (1-2 paragraphs):
Given what you learned through the research on influential factors, has your understanding of
Schizophrenia changed? Why or why not?
Sometimes mental health providers need to distinguish between a person who is having a religious
experience and someone who is delusional or in a psychotic episode. How would you make that distinction
(ie., if someone reported talking to God, hearing his voice, etc., when might you be concerned about their
grasp on reality)?
Paper must be three to four pages in length
APA Formatted (Title page, No Abstract required, Reference Page)
Subheaders are required (Introduction paragraph is not labeled; however, the remaining sections must be
A minimum of five peer-reviewed sources (no websites) are required. The textbook can be used, but will
not count towards one of the required five sources. Be sure to paraphrase the research in your own words
and avoid using excessive direct quotes. Book used: Lyons, C., & Martin, B. (2018). Abnormal psychology:
Clinical and scientific perspectives (6th ed.). Redding, CA: BVT Publishing. (978-1-517802-83-7)