Research Paper Topics:
I am working on the topic of most effective methods for substance addiction rehabilitation because I want to find out which methods have been found the most effective and those that have been found the least effective, in order to help my reader better understand how challenging overcoming addiction can be and how much help people who are addicted to substances need to get through that. This topic is interesting to me because I want to work with people who need help overcoming substance abuse at some point in my life. This would be worthwhile for my community because if I was able to weed out any methods that didn’t have evidence of its validity then I could share it with programs in hopes to improve their methods. The challenges with this topic could be lack of empirical data for different methods, lack of reliable data, or lack of statistically powerful data. Key Disciplines: Psychology, Health, Sociology, Biology.
I am working on the topic of how other countries handle drug abuse because I want to find out what other nations have done to improve addiction rates and drug-related crime rates in their countries, in order to help me reader better understand that the drug policies in the U.S. need to be improved to better the condition of people’s health and lives. This would be worthwhile for my community because it might shed some light on different techniques or programs that have worked for other countries in their efforts to reduce drug use. Some challenges of this research would be that people might not agree with some of the policies that other countries have implemented so it is likely to not be accepted or considered. Key Disciplines: Psychology, Sociology.
I am working on the topic of widespread drug abuse in the U.S. because I want to find out it affects the people around us in order to help my reader better understand that drug use is a serious issue in our country and affects more than just the people using the drugs. This topic is relevant in our society today because so many people abuse drugs and there are so many unintended, negative side affects that come with drug abuse. Some challenges of this could be lack of data or studies done concerning this topic. Key Disciplines: Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Health.
I am working on the topic of substance abuse because I want to find out what factors contribute to the development of an addiction in order to help my reader better understand the seriousness of drug addiction and how it can affect anyone. This topic would be worthwhile in my community because so many people are affected with substance addiction and maybe it would shed light on how easy it is to get sucked into drug use and develop an addiction. Some challenges of this topic would be difficulty finding reliable information and sources or lack or scientifically backed data. Key Disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Biology.
I am working on the topic of Antisocial Personality Disorder because I want to find out more about it in order to help my reader understand more about it as well and hopefully reduce stigmas surrounding all mental illnesses. This topic is relevant in our community because mental illnesses affect such a large amount of people and we often don’t see it because it’s not a physically observable disease like cancer or other chronic illnesses, but rather something that attacks a person’s brain and psyche. Some challenges of researching this topic could also be a lack of empirical data or variability between people who have Antisocial Personality Disorder. Key Disciplines: Psychology, Biology, Neurology.
Applied Project Topics:
The first idea I have for my applied project is to volunteer or work at the State Hospital. This is interesting to me because I want to work with people who have mental illnesses, specifically in an inpatient setting. It’s important to me because I want to be able to help people who feel trapped and be a person in these places that make them feel loved, safe, and comfortable, and provide an outlet to them in a very challenging time. Some issues with this could be a lack of qualification on my part to volunteer anywhere related to this. I may not reach volunteer requirements.
Another idea I had was to shadow an addiction specialist to see how their day to day is while their working and better understand what they do to help people. I want to see how involved they get to be with the people they work with and learn the techniques and programs they implement to help people who struggle with addiction. This is a worthwhile topic to explore because so many people are affected by drug addiction, so if I could glean any worthwhile information I could try to help those around me who don’t have access to resources. Some challenges of this project could again be a lack of qualification that would keep me from being able to observe a lot of things or lack of addiction specialists in this area to observe.
I also was thinking of volunteering or working at a rehabilitation program or sober living community. I am very interested in this because I eventually want to run a sober living community when I’m older. This is important to me because I want people to change their views on people who struggle with substance abuse and understand that addiction is a mental illness and people do need help. I think it’s a very relevant topic because drug use is an epidemic and I want to help in changing that. Some challenges may be that there aren’t any places in this area that I could do my project at or they may not be willing to let me observe/volunteer due to a lack of experience.
Volunteering at the Becket House was another idea I had for my applied project. I think this would be a very interesting place to do my project. I think this would be worthwhile because I could learn about treatments that are used with different age groups or how much a person or child’s upbringing can affect their current day to day life. Some challenges would be lack of experience or knowledge which could be a danger to the people I’m working with.
A final idea I had for my applied project is shadowing a clinical psychologist. This is interesting to me because I would get to observe people who are being treated for mental disorders that I studied in my classes. I would get to see different treatments being implemented and seeing how these treatments work on different individuals. Challenges of this project may be lack of psychologists in the area that would be willing to let me shadow them or volunteer in their office. As well as any lack of experience that could prohibit me from being there.