Social Support and Psychosocial Health
For this assignment your task is to a) select a theory or model of social support ( The stress buffering model) and create a brief description of it; b) acquire and discuss empirical studies of the effects of social support on psychosocial health; c) discuss the theory/model and critically analyse its capacity to characterise and explain/predict, the effects of social support on psychosocial health; d) apply aspects of the discussion/analysis for b) and/or c), to practice.
Word count: 1,800 words. The assignment is to be submitted via the Assignment 3 submission link in the assessment section of the Learning Management System (LMS) subject homepage.
Sections/subsections for the Report on the Assignment Introduction:
Provide a brief outline of the topic, and the contents, of the report. Identify and briefly describe the selected theory or model of social support.
Body: 1. Discuss the findings of empirical studies of the effects of social support on psychosocial health. 2. Provide a critically-oriented discussion of the selected theory/model. In so doing, you are to explicate the key concepts of the theory/model and explore the ways in which, and the extent to which, the theory/model characterises and explains/predicts, the effects of social support on psychosocial health.
Conclusion: Describe and explain how key aspects of your discussions/analysis, for 1 and/or 2 (as above), could be applied to health practice. Provide a summary/synthesis of the key insights elucidated in the report.
The sub-section of the introduction that briefly describes the theory/model, both of the sub-sections of the body section, and the sub-section of the conclusion that describes/explains application to practice, need to draw upon and be supported by references. All in-text citations of references and the reference list should be consistent with APA6 format.
Assessment Breakdown In assessing the assignment, the following marks will be allocated for the quality of each component:5 marks Introduction30 marks Body
15 marks: Discussion of the findings of empirical studies of the effects of social support on psychosocial health.
15 marks: Discussion of the capacity of the theory/model to capture and conceptualise the effects of social support on psychosocial health.
5 marks Conclusion
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