Increased Stress Correlates with Mental Health on Working College Students

Introduction (20 points)

Due: Monday, March 11 through Turn it In on Canvas (1 per group)

Description: You are to locate research articles on your pre-approved topic. You are to write a 4-5 page coherent and comprehensive summary of the general theme(s) of these articles as it pertains to your topic. A cover page and a reference sheet (at least 8), listing the articles should also be included (these do not count toward your page limit). This should serve as the background/foundation for your research paper. The typed summary should adhere to APA format.

The purpose of the literature review/introduction is to know what others have discovered before you begin your investigation of your own, to ground your study in a particular context of what is known about a subject in order to establish a foundation for the topic (or question) being researched.

Paper Format:

Type your assignment on a Word doc, using 12-point font, Times New Roman font (including in the headers and cover page!), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins all around. There should be NO section breaks within the paper, only after the cover page and before the references.

  • Your paper should be 4-to-5 pages (not including cover page and references).
  • Start your research paper at the top of the second page (after cover page) with the correct indent in each paragraph (½ an inch indent). 
  • Be sure to follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style on citations, quotes, and references.  You do not need to write an abstract. 

Cover Page:

The cover page should include the title of your paper and your names.  Don’t forget the header and page number on the cover page is different than on the subsequent pages.

References Page: 

Your references should start on a new page after the last line in your paper.  References should be double-spaced, with hanging (.5”) indents to separate one reference from the next.  In total, you need a minimum of 8 references, but more are encouraged!

Citing in Text

  • Each time you are writing about information you gained from a source, and not your own thoughts/ideas, you must cite the source to give them credit.
  • It is plagiarism if you do not cite throughout your paragraphs.

Examples of different ways to cite within text:

The developmental assets framework describes three ways that assets can be generated (Benson, 2007).


As noted by Benson (2007), the developmental assets framework describes three ways that assets can be generated.


Developmental assets are described as the “building blocks of healthy youth development” (Scales, 2005, p. 116). 

  • Note that the FULL citation is never used! Please only use Authors’ last names, year, and page number, if needed.

When citing multiple articles for 1 sentence use semi-colon and put them in alphabetical order, example: (Benson, 2007; Scales, 2005).

Example Outline:

First Paragraph: Introduce topic and the importance of topic

            -by this point, the reader should have a general idea about what your paper is about

Second Paragraph: Define necessary terms and what definitions you will be using (if there are multiple ways to define the term)

Third paragraph on: Dive into the background of the topic (what is the history? What has been done? What kinds of studies have been conducted? What have been the findings? Do they all agree or are there different findings?)

            -as you discuss the findings, you may want to mention which ones you think are most credible, or most important for your study

            -remember to INTEGRATE your articles. You should not be merely listing studies.


-Researchers have found that individuals experiencing a greater sense of autonomy are more likely to also experience a greater sense of initiative and persistence (Deci & Ryan, 1985) and are more likely to adhere to medical prescription (Williams, Rodin, Ryan, Grolnick, & Deci, 1998).

Studies indicate self-care behaviors are related to increased physical and psychological well-being (e.g., Coster & Schwebel, 1997; Richards, Campenni, & Muse-Burke, 2010; Williams-Nickelson, 2006).

– Many researchers have focused on specific facets of self-care. For instance, Neff’s (2003a) research on self-compassion describes a specific kind of self-care concerned with increasing psychological well-being and Fuselier (2003) focused on spiritual self-care and its effects on spiritual well-being.

Final Paragraph: Once you have addressed what has been done, you should address what is missing and how you plan to fill that gap. If your study will not address a gap in the literature, you may stress the importance of replication or of using different contexts. You can place your hypothesis at the end of this paragraph.

Summary of Points Points Possible Points Earned
Content/Information Evidence of careful thought and consideration of the depth of the topic Demonstrated clarity of main points, organization of written content, and summary Original thoughts; minimal use of quotes (2 or less) Included required sections: Defined important terms (1 point)Overview of research (7 points)Hypothesis (2 point) 10  
Research Included citations throughout the paper (3 points) Cited at least 8 scholarly sources: references from professional journals or academic books (2 points) 5  
Format Followed instructions on format and paper requirements Cover page Page format Correct page length 4 – 6 pages (carrying onto 5th) Correct APA format on citation, quotes, and references Typed, correct font type and size:  12-point font, Times New Roman font (including in the headers and cover page), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins all around Correct spelling, punctuation, indentation, and grammar 5  
IF SUMITTED LATE (deduct 5% per day from 20) Late assignments will only be accepted 1 week after due date.  If late      
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