Theory Application Paper
1) Choose a movie and a theory/theorist.
You will watch one of the movies listed from the perspective of a developmental theorist. This gives you an opportunity to dig deeper into one of the major
theories/theorists we studied this semester and apply that theory in a more concrete manner. Please choose only ONE theory or theorist to focus on. You may reference
other theories/theorists, but I want you to focus on ONE overall theory or theorist for the paper. Make sure that you state which theory you will be using in your
introduction paragraph so that I know what to look for in the rest of the paper. You will also want to include a solid description of the theory in the first few
paragraphs to give the rest of the paper context. Choose only one character in the movie to focus on! Pretend you are writing a case study on the character from the
perspective of the theory that you choose.
Eat, Pray, Love
Dan in Real Life
Silver Linings Playbook
The Bucket List
The Squid and the Whale
Examples of developmental theories/theorists include the following: Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory (Stages); Learning Theories (Behaviorism/Skinner); Social-Cognitive
Theory (Bandura); Cognitive Theories (Piaget); Sociocultural Theory (Vygotsky); Information Processing Theory; Ethology and Evolutionary Biological Psychology; and
Ecological Systems Theory (Bronfenbrenner).
I recommend that you choose your theory/theorist before watching the movie and do enough research to feel comfortable with the theory/theorist. You will have to use
outside sources beyond the textbook to get a more comprehensive understanding of the theory/theorist. You will then be able to find solid examples of the observed
developmental stages that fit the theory. You can choose to watch a movie other than those listed above, but you must get previous approval from me. If you do not get
approval, you will not earn credit for the project. Please know that some of these movies have offensive language, graphic scenes, and so on. It is fully your
responsibility to do research into the film content before viewing it if you are concerned about these issues. I accept no responsibility for any negative impacts
these movies may have on you, because it is up to you to make an informed decision about which movie to watch.
2. Your paper should have a strong integration of both theory and movie excerpts throughout the paper.
I do not want a summary of the movie. I want an explanation of the observed developmental stages presented in the movie and examples to support them. For each example
you provide, please say how or why that example fits the theory. If a particular example does not fit the model, please include a few sentences about how it does not
fit. There will likely be some parts of the movie or the characters that do not fit the model well. In this case, feel free to talk a bit about another theory/theorist
that might better explain the developmental stage.
3. Cite your sources throughout the paper and provide a reference page.
APA style is required throughout the paper. Please use www.apastyle.org.aspx, https://owl.english.purdue.edu, ccconline tutor – Brainfuse, or your home school writing
lab if you are not familiar with APA style. As part of APA style, you will include a cover page, reference page, headers with page numbers, 12-point Times New Roman
font, 1-inch margins, double spaced, and so forth. There is no need to include an abstract.
The minimum word count for this paper is 2,000 words.
You must include at least five sources, three of which must come from academic journals (see list of academic journals that follows).
I expect an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. College-level writing is required.
There will be a few small steps to take throughout the semester in writing the paper. Remember, each of these steps will be graded as part of your overall points for
Thinking Ahead (10 points): You will send me a brief description of the developmental stages you are considering writing about, which theorist you are leaning towards
and why, and the movie you are considering watching. Please submit this to the Dropbox by the due date in the Course Schedule.
Bibliography (10 points): You will send me a rough draft of your bibliography (APA format only) indicating the sources you intend to use in your paper. Please submit
this to the Dropbox by the due date in the Course Schedule.
Final Paper (180 points): Your final paper is to be uploaded to the course Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. No late papers will be accepted! Make sure that your
name is in the filename that you upload to the Dropbox. For example: FROTTINI.TheoryPaper.doc Make sure that you save your paper as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Apple
.pages format will not upload to the Dropbox.
Remember to observe conventions of APA format as presented at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/ and refresh your memory on what constitutes plagiarism
(Student Handbook: Academic Integrity). All your papers are run through Turn It In after they are submitted to the Dropbox; Turn It In alerts instructors to the
possibility of plagiarism. Submitting work from a previous course is not acceptable.
Acceptable journals include:
? Developmental Psychology
? Health Psychology
? Journal of Counseling Psychology
? Journal of Family Psychology
? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
? Journal of Counseling & Development
? Counseling & Clinical Psychology Journal
? Journal of College Counseling
? Journal of Mental Health Counseling
? Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
? Journal of Clinical Child Psychology
? Journal of Clinical Psychology
? Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development
? International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
? Journal of Individual Psychology
? Journal of Social Psychology
? Psychology and Aging
? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
? Journal of College Counseling
The Movie I chose was Precious. I have already done the Bibliography with references. I have a word document with all the references and information you can pull from
underneath each. I have a word document that has two options on which theory I want to focus on. All theories or theorist are fine the professor just wants to see the
chosen theory to be within the first paragraph of the essay.