Personal Health and Identity Paper Guidelines
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In this research paper, students will explore the connection between their social identities and health. The two identities are being the first generation ethnic minority college students and coming from a lower socioeconomic background and discuss x1 specific
health risks supported by research that are associated with the chosen aspects of their identity.
This paper will be 4 pages not including the title page or reference page . This paper must address the following components:
(a) critical discussion of the cultural and societal influences, including instances of inequality and interactions with other sociocultural groups, that have shaped the student’s identities;
(b)detailed description of
specific health risks associated with the chosen identities;
(c) discussion of the historical, social,
political, and/or biological contexts that contribute to the associated health risks;
(d) discussion of personal and social interventions, including constructive interactions between social groups, that could be taken to prevent or treat the associated health risks.
This paper will satisfy GELO 1, which states that students should be able to describe how
identities are shaped by cultural and societal influences in contexts of equality and inequality,
and GELO 4, which states that students should be able recognize and appreciate constructive
interactions between people from different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups in the U.S.
describe how identities ( being the first generation ethnic minority college students and coming from a lower socioeconomic background) are shaped by cultural and societal influences in contexts of equality
GELO Assessment: GELO 4:
recognize and appreciate constructive interactions between people
from different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups in the U.S.
The paper (4 pages, double spaced) should
integrate and synthesize information from at
least five (5) academic, peer-reviewed journals
that relate to one or more components that are
addressed in the assignment (e.g., social or cultural context of social identity, appropriateness
of chosen intervention, personal/social actions or strategies for diminishing the health risks).
Reference citations must be in the format and style recommended by the American
Psychological Association (APA) manual unless otherwise specified by the course instructor.
Papers will be evaluated on the following criteria: (a) content and organization, including
synthesis of primary references; (b) adherence to the assignment guidelines; (c) citations,
references, and format; (d) syntax, grammar, and spelling; and (e) creativity and insight
expressed through the integration of all components of the assignment.
It will be important to:
Relate to class topics, textbook, readings, discussions, and social lines of identity in some
Describe the historical processes and larger timeline
Use section headers
Discuss health outcomes, stressors, risk factors, long term health consequences,
Format: 12 pt. font, APA style, black ink, times new roman font style, white paper,
indent new paragraphs, use paragraph breaks
APA is written in past tense whenever possible (e.g. The purpose of this paper was…The
goal of this paper was…)
Need to have in-text citations for any material noted on the reference page
Double space lines of text
Inside the paper – main section titles are good for organization (e.g. section title –
Moving Toward Change: Social Action in H.S. Sport)
Brief, clear, and concise writing; write with academic, formal voice
Limit the number of direct referenced quotes in paper
Read and follow in detail the paper guidelines; see grading rubric for specifics; see
Try to avoid overuse of it, they; make sure tenses agree; too much use of I in this paper
is not OK
Review paper (4 pages, double-spaced)
Citing a minimum of five academic peer-reviewed journals
Title page and reference page
Use Section Headers
Organize your sections – develop an outline – use paragraph or section headers
Purpose/Goals/org sentences end of intro section
Add stats /%s from .gov sites
Cite refs in each section
Use spell check and grammar check!
USE THIS PAPER OUTLINE; COPY AND PASTE INTO A WORD DOC AND TYPE TEXT.
A. Title Page
Title page should include:
1. Running Head (left justified, upper case letters, paper title)
2. Title of Paper (be specific here)
3. Author Name
5. Class Name & Section if applicable
7. Date (e.g. 4 January 2007)
8. Pg #s in upper right-hand corner
9. Except for running head and pg numbers, everything else on title page is centered and
10. 12 pt. Font only!
11. USE HEADERS!
B. Introduction (1/2 p.)
1. Intro sentences to topic and paper
2. Larger social scope
3. Statement of purpose (what you will write about and discuss do in the paper)
4. Goals of paper
5. Definition of terms if applicable (Stress, racism, sexism, ageism, etc whichever terms you
will be using in your paper and fit into the experiences you are discussing in the paper)
6. Identification of ethnic/gender/sexual orientation/age/cultural group(s)
7. Demographics, statistics, percentages
8. Identify group & main issues, stats, demographics, etc.
9. Layout structure and organization of the paper
C. Overview of Identities (1pp).
1. Define the basics, describe biological or sociological processes; main risks factors,
development (Choose x2 identities: Gender, Race, Sexual Orientation, Age, Culture, Disability,
SES, Religion). Write 1/2pp. each on each Identity chosen.
2. Overview/Explain how this identity informs your life, and how it can contribute to stress and
stress-based health issues. Give EGs from your life that illustrate how this identity affects your
life outcomes. Be brief – summarize.
3. Cite research. Give Background of this population; and your history and relationship to this
D. Overview of Risk Factors (1/2pp.)
1. X2 top risk factors (1 para each) – x1 for each identity
EG: Race – Racism – stress – chronic heart disease
E. Long-term Health Consequences (1/2pp.)
1. x2 top long-term health consequences (1 para each; linked to each identity risk factor)
F. Prevention (1/2pp.)
1. EGs of prevention programs from research;
2. Constructive individual/social action(s) that have led to greater equality and social justice;
3. Synthesis, critical analysis and application of the literature;
G. Interventions and Treatments (1/2pp.)
1. EGs of Non-pharmaceutical interventions, low-cost, natural EGs, holistically formed;
2. EGs of community, school, civic, city, state or federal interventions; cite;
3. Synthesis, critical analysis and application of the literature;
H. Discussion (1/2 pp.)
1. Summarize the main content of paper
2. Wrap up main themes of paper
3. Re-reference any additional journal materials
4. Final thoughts and looking forward
5. Future areas of research
1. New page unto itself
2. APA style is usually cited: Last Name, First Name 1st
Letter. (year). Article title. Journal
title, vol, pp. .
e.g. citation: Johnson, B. (2007). Learning to read the media.
Journal of Popular Culture, 11,124 -135.
3. See Purdue owl link for more on APA
GO TO THIS APA LINK BEFORE YOU TURN IN THE PAPER!:
(VERY useful resource for writing and research
including APA style)
Professional Journal Articles:
Professional journal articles, or scholarly articles, have undergone a review process before
publication. This means that the article has been reviewed by experts and typically revised prior
to publication. The peer-review process helps to ensure that high quality articles are published.
For this assignment, it’s recommended that you begin searching for articles using Academic
Premier (one of the library’s databases) and on the search menu, check the box to limit your
search to peer-reviewed articles. This database also provides full text articles. How to search
using this database will be demonstrated in class. Reference librarians in the King Library are
also available to help you search for references.
You MUST provide reference citations (use author, year format) for information you include in
your paper, and a reference list must be included. Failing to provide reference citations is
PLAGIARISM! Be sure to read the information that follows on plagiarism. It also illustrates how
to include reference citations in the text of your paper, and how to cite references in your
reference list. The King Library also has an online tutorial on plagiarism. Be sure you know what
plagiarism is and how to avoid it!