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Psychology Theses: 2019
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Psychology Program Theses
Psychology Program Theses: 2017
The Impact of Technology on Psychology: An Integrative Literature Review
Program: Psychology: Capstone-Thesis: Master of Arts (MA)
Awarded: February 2017
Capstone Instructor: Dr. Shaneika Dilka
Abstract: Recent technological advances involving the use of the Internet and complex communication devices have significantly impacted the provision of psychotherapy and other mental health services as well as how the training of educators and clinicians may be conducted. Technology can provide greater access to needed services such as training, treatment, and consultations. The prevalence of mental health professionals that are using social media and emerging technologies to engage with clients, conduct research, and interact with other professionals has led to unique opportunities as well as previously unforeseen challenges for today’s mental health practitioners. This paper reviews literature that is relevant to the use of technology in four major areas of psychological field which are contemporary issues, ethics, physiology, and learning/cognition. These studies highlighted the positive outcomes of the increased use of technology and the limitations specific to technology-related mental health interventions. Findings suggest that the unavoidable incorporation of new forms of technology may provide a long list of positive breakthroughs in the future, but they might also lead to a myriad of challenging ethical and legal issues if they are not fully understood in the present.
Psychology Theses: 2019
Cultural Implications in the Etiology of Anorexia Nervosa
Derek M. Maxwell
Program Psychology: Capstone-Thesis: Master of Arts (MA)
Awarded April 2019
Capstone Instructor:Dr. Pamela Curtain
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the current understanding of cultural variables which affect the risk factors, progression, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of anorexia nervosa (AN). Recent studies discussing this disorder were reviewed for data concerning these cultural factors in an attempt to create a more complete understanding. Several trends were noted, particularly regarding age, gender, national origin, and level of education. Individuals with AN generally experienced onset of the disorder during adolescence and were predominantly females in developed countries with education above the mean for their region. However, shortfalls in demographic data collected in much of this research was identified, indicating the need for more detailed and standardized questionnaires regarding demographics in order to provide a more complete understanding. Additionally, overgeneralization of populations on a national scale is observed, indicating the need for increased education regarding the significance of variations within cultures.