Interesting Research Topics…. answer some of the questions you’ve been wondering but never had the resources to find out.

Healthy Child Discipline: An Overview

Discipline is a word that many misunderstand. There are as many kinds of disciplines as there are colors of the rainbow. There are, as well, many styles of discipline. Something important to remember is discipline and punishment is very different.  Healthy discipline can involve punishment but punishment does not always involve discipline. You can have punishment in discipline but discipline is not just punishment. In the book Seven Things Children Need (1981, p.109), John Dresher defines discipline this way: “Discipline is not punishment or to force obedience… discipline requires both nurture and nature.” Discipline comes from the Latin word meaning ‘pupil’ which means to instinct, educate, and to train.

Parenting Styles and Psychopathology

What parenting style were you raised with? What parenting style do you currently use? Did you even know parenting styles existed? Wants an idea of what parenting styles are and how they connect with pathologies such as depression, anxiety, and discipline problems? This report will gives vast information including the parenting types, connecting with parents, and other interesting information.

Personal Counseling Theory from a Christian Perspective (Personality Theory)

Every wonder where personalities come from? Why do we act as we do? Why is one person so different from another? This article considers many of the theories from leading psychologist and other doctors, breaking them down into simply terms. The perspective is from a focus that we are created beings and not just advanced animals from the evolutionary process.

Connecting Externalizing and Internalizing Symptoms of Psychopathology in Adults with Childhood Experience of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic Violence has been around for centuries. Externalizing and internalizing symptoms of psychopathology have been connected with domestic violence in children and early adolescents and adult depression and anxiety for those currently experiencing domestic violence.  However, limited research has been constructed to find a direct correlation between many adults experiencing externalizing and internalizing symptoms of psychopathology and childhood experience with domestic violence.  The focus of this research is to perceive if there is a high correlation of adults suffering from these types of psychopathology with previous experience of domestic violence. Constructs considered in the definitions of domestic violence and abuse include physical violence, emotional abuse, coercion, verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and domestic abuse. Since animal cruelty has also been highly correlated with domestic abuse, this construct is considered as well.

An Overview of Borderline Personality Disorder and Treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disorder considered a serious psychiatric illness with its most common characteristics including hypersensitivity to rejection and their fearful preoccupation with expected abandonment. An overview of theories of personality allows a better understanding of Personality Disorders, particularly Borderling Personality Disorder (BPD).  Etiology and pathology show childhood trauma having a high correlation and is believed to be one of the major factors. Additional disorders commonly treated with BPD can include: eating disorders, mood disorders, dissociated disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and substance abuse. Disorders with commonalities include: histrionic personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, and identify problems.

 Understanding Biblical and Professional Views of Substance Abuse and Counseling: A Personal View of Contrasts

Biblical terminology to support counseling can include the words counsel, wisdom, and help, each of which can have numerous Hebrew and Greek foundational words. In reference to addictions, Biblical terminology can include but not limited to wine, desire, and restraint. Each of these words has numerous foundational words in both the Hebrew and Greek. From a professional or secular perspective of counseling and addictions, vast different perspectives of theories have been incorporated over the last few decades. Although the Bible is not a book of psychology, it does offer key insights to counseling addictions which in many cases have been mostly ignored by the professional field. Changing times are showing Biblical viewpoints to be the most successful in counseling addictions.

Differentiating Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood

This paper looks at the etiological concepts of adjustment disorder (AD) with depressed mood in individuals and the signs and symptoms that distinguish this diagnosis.  The content gives insight into the investigative procedures and analysis used in diagnosing the differences of adjustment disorder with depressed mood.  The effects of gender and age differences are explored.  Stressors are examined by event, single or multiple, length, and recurrence.  Treatments are looked at through the process of natural recovery, psychological therapy, and/or medication.  The research is evaluated through the author’s biblical world-view perspective inclusive of a holistic approach addressing the biopsychosocial dynamics of an individual as well as the spiritual aspect of treatment.

Cultural Family Background Flowchart from a Scots-Irish and German Perspective

Ever wonder about your cultural background and how this effects us? Did you know the culture you were raised with has a direct bearing on much of who and what you are today… even to the point of creating a list of “right and wrongs” that are created by the culture. This is a flowchart of a typical Scot-Irish and German cultural family background consisted of. If you are of either cultures, check and see how many commonalities there are in your rearing, culture, or even current viewpoints. Now imagine when two different cultures become married and check out some of the vast different viewpoints and also similarities.

A General Overview of Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory

This paper explores a comprehensive overview about Dr. Albert Bandura and his social cognitive theory.  Many psychologists consider Bandura to be the most influential psychologist of modern times. His theory is broken down into five main concepts including: Learning, Triadic Reciprocal Causation, Human Agency, Self-regulation, and Dysfunctional Behavior.  With the focus of plasticity, people have the ability to change who they are as well as change the fingerprint of personality taught from earlier experiences.  Using triadic reciprocal causation people have the ability to regulate their lives.  Human Agency consists of three molds including self-efficacy, proxy agent, and self-regulation through moral agency.  With the implementation of external and internal factors, people regulate their behavior from a combination of both cognitive processes and environmental manipulation. From a counseling perspective, social cognitive theory opens additional avenues in helping the client heal. When a client understands who they are is not only determined by uncontrollable forces and situations, this gives hope and the assurance that through agentic perspective, their life can be transformed becoming healthier and happier.