Your Paper Should Include:
1. Description of the particular issue, problem or population.
a. Review of the literature/research (recent, scholarly/professional journals and government sites).
b. Explanation of the problem/issue/group. What is known?
2. Epidemiological Overview of the problem. This should include:
a. Description of the prevalence of the issue/problem. How many people are impacted by this issue.
b. Description the demographics of those involved (age, race, gender, socio-economic status, mental/emotional status, etc.);
c. Are any particular groups more vulnerable to or overrepresented in the problem area?
d. Number of systems/institutions involved. How wide spread is the practice; is this practice/problem regulated in any way (e.g. child welfare, juvenile justice; drug courts)?
e. Analysis of how has this changed over time.
3. Consequences of the Problem.
a. What are the related consequences of the issue/problem? Provide quantitative data to explain or demonstrate the scope of these related issues (e.g. Provide data on increases in number of illnesses, overdoses, accidents, deaths, crime, arrests, incarcerations, unemployment, youth in foster care, family disruptions, etc.)
b. Are there additional public and private costs due to the problem?
c. How do these social consequences relate to current policy/practice or the need for prevention?
4. Identify an example of an intervention or policy/practice designed to address this issue. Provide a brief description and any available empirical evidence on the success of this intervention or strategy.
For this paper specific grading criteria need to be met:
1. Review of the literature is current and relevant. Current and empirical information needs to be accessed for introduction, problem description and intervention information. This includes scholarly journals (peer reviewed publications), governmental websites, etc. The textbook is not an accepted source of literature for the purpose of your paper.