The purpose of this three-page essay is for students to explore and explain the various influential factors of
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ie., biological and environmental research). Students will also offer a faith
perspective. (CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). This Essay is worth up to 100 points.
A successful essay will address the following areas:
Introduction (1 paragraph): Briefly introduce the reader to the topic, using citations when necessary. Outline
what will be covered in the paper.
Using at least two peer-reviewed studies (no websites), discuss what genetic factors have been identified
in the development or maintenance of OCD. Summarize the studies, clearly stating the biological factors
and how they influence OCD. Be sure to paraphrase the research in your own words and avoid using
excessive direct quotes.
Using at least two peer-reviewed studies (no websites), discuss what environmental factors have been
identified in the development or maintenance of OCD. Summarize the studies, clearly stating the nongenetic factors and how they influence OCD. Be sure to paraphrase the research in your own words and
avoid using excessive direct quotes.
Reflection/Faith Integration (1-2 paragraphs):
Given what you learned through the research on influential factors, has your understanding of OCD
changed? Why or why not?
How might Christians approach the issue of anxiety/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? In other words, how
can Christians, Pastors, etc. provide support for those who are suffering from anxiety/OCD? Provide at
least one scripture to support your perspective.
Paper must be three to four pages in length
APA Formatted (Title page, No Abstract required, Reference Page)
Subheaders are required (Introduction paragraph is not labeled; however, the remaining sections must be
A minimum of four peer-reviewed sources (no websites) are required. The textbook can be used, but will
not count towards one of the required four sources. Book Used: Lyons, C., & Martin, B. (2018). Abnormal
psychology: Clinical and scientific perspectives (6th ed.). Redding, CA: BVT Publishing. (978-1-517802-83-