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Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study

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Assessment 1 Instructions: Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study
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· PRINT
· Complete a 3-page worksheet in which you describe an issue related to sexuality from a case study, apply psychological theory, and design a research question that would help us learn more about that issue.
Introduction
As you read about Tad, Celia, and Frederick in theSexuality Across the Lifespan Case Studies document, you may startthinking about the issues they face. Many of the major theories in psychology provide insightinto the field of human sexuality and issues like these. Chapter 2 in yourUnderstanding Human Sexualitytext explains these connections. For example, learning theory can help us understand how a certain perfume or cologne can elicit sexual arousal through classical conditioning(Hyde, 2020). In this assessment, you will have a chance to practice and build your skills by digging into one of thesetheoriesand applying it to an issue in acase study.
Reference
Hyde, J. S., & Delamater, J. D. (2020).Understanding human sexuality(14th ed.). McGraw-Hill.
Preparation
Complete the following:
· Read theSexuality Across the Lifespan Case Studies[PDF]document and choose one of the case studies you would like to use for this assessment.
· Choose one issue found in the case study on which to focus this assessment.
· Select one theory fromthe following categories: evolutionary, psychological, critical, or learning theories. The theory you selectcan help explain the issue faced by the person depicted in the case.
· Review theHow to Write a Research Question[PDF]document to learn how to write an appropriate, well-crafted research question for your assessment.
· Review theSexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study Worksheet[DOCX]you will use to complete this assessment.
Instructions
Complete the following sections of the Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study Worksheet:
· Section 1: Describe the issue you chose to focus on from the case study.What is the population concerned? How does the issue affect that population?
· Section 2: Apply the theory you chose from the text to the issue faced by the person depicted in the case study.How does the theory shed light or help explain the issue?
· Section 3: Design a research question that could help us learn more about this issue. How could research help us to learn more about this issue?
· Section 4: Explain how the research question could be answered by identifying the type of methodology that can be used to answer the question (quantitative or qualitative).
Additional Requirements
Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:
· Written communication:Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
· APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and format. SeeEvidence and APAfor more information.
· Number of Resources: Use a minimum of two scholarly resources.
· Length:3double-spaced pages.
· Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
· Template: Use the Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study Worksheet to complete the assessment.
Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save this learning activity to yourePortfolio.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
· Competency 1: Apply basic psychological terminology and concepts related to human sexuality.
16. Describe one issue associated with a case study.
. Competency 2:Apply basic psychological theories to topics in human sexuality.
17. Explain how a particular psychological theory relates to an issue.
. Competency 3:Apply basic scientific and research concepts and findings related to human sexuality.
18. Design a research question related to the issue.
18. Identify the type of approach (quantitative or qualitative) that could be used to address the research question.
. Competency 4:Write using a clear purpose, organization, tone, and sentence structure.
19. Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text.
19. Use appropriate tone in grammatically sound sentences.
· SCORING GUIDE
Use the scoring guide to understand how your assessment will be evaluated.
VIEW SCORING GUIDE
Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study Scoring Guide

CRITERIA

NON-PERFORMANCE

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PROFICIENT

DISTINGUISHED

Describe one issue associated with a case study.

Does not describe one issue associated with a case study.

Attempts to describe one issue associated with a case study, but omits key details or information.

Describes one issue associated with a case study.

Fully describes one issue associated with a case study and defines key terms used.

Explain how a particular psychological theory relates to an issue.

Does not describe a psychological theory.

Describes a psychological theory, but does not explain clearly how it relates to an issue.

Explains how a particular psychological theory relates to an issue.

Provides a detailed application of psychological theories to a case in human sexuality, illustrating a clear link between the theories and the case.

Design a research question related to the issue.

Does not design a research question related to the issue.

Attempts to design a research question, but the research question is not related to the issue or is not clear and concise.

Designs a research question related to the issue.

Designs a concise, relevant research question and explains why it will help explain the issue.

Identify the type of approach (quantitative or qualitative) that could be used to address the research question.

Does not identify the type of approach (quantitative or qualitative) that could be used to address the research question.

Identifies the type of approach (quantitative or qualitative) that could be used to address the research question, but the approach identified is not appropriate for the question.

Identifies the type of approach (quantitative or qualitative) that could be used to address the research question.

Identifies the type of approach (quantitative or qualitative) that could be used to address the research question and fully explains why that approach is the best choice.

Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text.

Does not respond to the assignment prompt and does not organize text appropriately.

Contains some issues related to the assignment components or to organization.

Addresses assignment purpose in a well-organized text.

Appropriately addresses all components of the assignment prompt. Organizes content so clarity is enhanced and all ideas flow logically with smooth transitions.

Use appropriate tone in grammatically sound sentences.

Does not use appropriate tone or include structurally sound sentences.

Contains some issues related to tone or sentence structure.

Uses appropriate tone in grammatically sound sentences.

Uses appropriate voice, person, and tone for the intended audience. Conveys clear meaning through sound grammar usage, word choice, and mechanics.

Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Study Worksheet
Directions: Select one of the three case studies. After reading your case study, complete the worksheet below.
Learner Name:
Name of Case Study:
Section 1: Describe the issue you chose to focus on from the case study. What is the population concerned? How does the issue affect that population?
Section 2: Describe the theory you chose. Apply that theory to the issue faced by the person depicted in the case study. How does the theory shed light or help explain the issue? Be sure to choose at least one behavior or comment made in the case study to provide as an example.
Section 3: Choose one behavior or comment in the case study you would like to know more about. Create a research question that could be used for a scientific study that would provide answers about the behavior or comment you selected.
Section 4: Explain how the research question could be answered by identifying the type of methodology that can be used to answer the question (quantitative or qualitative). Explain why that research method would be the right one to answer your research question.

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How to Write a Research Question
Literature Review
In your future academic career, when developing a research question, it will be important for
you to review scholarly literature on the topic of interest. This is referred to as a literature review
which typically requires reading a significant number of studies and review articles. The purpose
of a literature review is to understand what has already been done and to narrow your focus.
When conducting a literature review, you would consider the following:
• What topics have been covered?
• How have these topics been studied (i.e. research methodology)?
• What are the results of the studies?
• What are the limitations of the studies?
• What are the research gaps? What additional research is needed?
• What are the real-world applications of the study?
For the purpose of this assignment, you may want to review two or three articles to get a sense
of the types of studies that have already been conducted. However, since this is a draft
research question, it is not necessary to conduct a literature review.
Tips for Developing a Research Question
• Make sure the question is clear without the use of a lot of technical language. Consider
your audience and write a question that can easily be understood without additional
information.
• While the question should be simply stated in a concise manner, it should also be
somewhat complex as opposed to something that can be answered with a simple “yes”
or “no” response. Research questions require analytical processes that synthesize
information and produce new knowledge.
• The question should be narrow enough to be answered within the context of the study
you are developing. Some novice researchers write complex questions that cannot
reasonably be answered in one study.
• Consider the extent to which your chosen topic will have real world applications and
make a difference in the lives of others.
• Think about the nature of your research question. Is it a legitimate area of inquiry or are
you studying the obvious?
Sample Research Questions
Qualitative Study
How do 15–16 year old students use scientific knowledge to justify their reasoning about human
sexuality and relationships?
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Reference
Lindahl, M. G., & Lundin, M. (2016). How do 15–16 year old students use scientific knowledge
to justify their reasoning about human sexuality and relationships? Teaching and
Teacher Education, 60(November), 121–130. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2016.08.009
Quantitative Study
Does exposure to scientific information on the origins of sexual orientation influence attitudes
toward gay people and support for gay rights?
Reference
Suhay, E., & Garretson, J. (2018). Science, sexuality, and civil rights: Does information on the
causes of sexual orientation change attitudes? The Journal of Politics, 80(2), 692–696.
doi:10.1086/694896
There is no need to overthink this part of the assessment. It is understood that most
undergraduate learners do not have extensive research experience. You can, therefore,
develop a question based on the resources for this assessment using some of the strategies
outlined in this document.
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How to Write a Research Question
Literature Review
Tips for Developing a Research Question
Sample Research Questions
Qualitative Study
Reference
Lindahl, M. G., & Lundin, M. (2016). How do 15–16 year old students use scientific knowledge to justify their reasoning about human sexuality and relationships? Teaching and Teacher Education, 60(November), 121–130. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2016.08.009
Quantitative Study
Reference
Suhay, E., & Garretson, J. (2018). Science, sexuality, and civil rights: Does information on the causes of sexual orientation change attitudes? The Journal of Politics, 80(2), 692–696. doi:10.1086/694896

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Sexuality Across the Lifespan Case Studies
Tad
Tad is an 18-year-old, Hispanic male. His parents are separated, and he lives with his mother
and his younger sister. He has dated several young women in the past two years but has not
yet had sexual relationships. His family are devout Catholics and he wants to wait until he is
married.
He has been struggling with his sexual urges and his current girlfriend, Zoe, has been
pressuring him to have sex. He thinks Zoe may be the one he wants to marry, but is unsure
what to do about the pressure she is putting on him.
Tad says to himself:
I’ve always wanted what my parents have—this strong marriage built on love and God.
With Zoe, I think I can build that life. She is a good Catholic, but in a modern sense. She
thinks some of the preaching is too old-fashioned for the modern world. She says if we
love each other, there’s nothing wrong with having sex.
I want to. I fight it every time we are together. I just can’t imagine going to confession
with that on my soul. Whenever we get too close to losing control, it’s like I hear my
priest’s voice and that kills the mood.
My parents may be separated, but neither of them date or do anything. Sex should be
for marriage and a marriage lasts forever. I’ve seen it all my life, the rest of America may
not agree, but that’s just how it is in our community.
Celia
Celia is a 35-year-old, Hispanic female. She is married to Carlos and they have one child (a 7-
year-old son). Celia and Carlos have been having problems in their marriage, often fighting over
intimacy, both physical and emotional.
A married couple they are friends with redefined their relationship to be an open marriage. The
idea intrigues Carlos and he has been trying to convince Celia to give it a try. Celia is
uncomfortable with the idea of Carlos having sexual relationships with another woman but is
intrigued by the idea of being able to pursue her attraction to her co-worker, Don.
Celia says to herself:
I was raised to be a good girl and that meant finding a man, getting married, and having
children. Most of it all, it meant not sleeping around or encouraging men. Carlos is the
only man I’ve ever been with in that way.
Since he brought up an open marriage, I keep thinking about what it would be like to
sleep with someone else. Did I miss out on something, only knowing him?
Everyone talks about how wonderful sex is and it’s just not that way for me. It’s just
something I need to do as part of my marriage. Would it be different with someone else?
And if it was different, could I keep that excitement and still have a good marriage with
Carlos?
We may have problems, but Carlos is still the love of my life.
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Frederick
Frederick is a 65-year-old, black male. He was married 20 years and has a son and a daughter.
His marriage ended 15 years ago, after years of communication problems. Frederick has dated
occasionally, but it has been a few years since he has been in a long-term relationship. While
his last girlfriend was nice, he eventually got bored with the relationship as he found they did not
have enough in common. He broke it off with her 6 months ago.
A few of Frederick’s friends have encouraged him to consider online dating. He has decided to
try it despite his reservations about meeting women online. He is initially overwhelmed with the
number of responses he has received after posting his profile. A variety of women have reached
out to him including some who are significantly younger than him as well as women from
different ethnic backgrounds. While he is open to dating younger women as well as those
outside of his race, he typically only dates black women and the youngest was only 5 years
younger than him.
Frederick says to himself:
When I was a younger man, I did what I was supposed to and yet it didn’t work out. I
was a good provider and protector. I tried to make my marriage work, but I never knew
what she wanted from me.
Now, there are multiple women to choose from with varied interests, backgrounds, and
expectations. How do I sort through them all? When do I decide to go beyond the dating
site and talk with the person and/or eventually meet in a public place for a date? I
understand that there are also a lot of fraudulent profiles posted by scammers who try to
get money from you. How can I detect con artists on these sites?
I have never dated multiple women at one time, but it seems as though these sites
promote dating multiple people simultaneously. How do I juggle all of these women while
still maintaining my own values and standards?
I think I am going to miss the “old days” when you met women at church, or you were
introduced to someone by a friend. I am going to try online dating, but I am not sure it if
is for me.
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