Liberty PSYC 210 Analysis and Application Paper Answers
For this assignment, you are asked to defend the legal policy which states that young children (ages 2-6) should not be held accountable for criminal actions.
Describe developmental characteristics from the biosocial, social/emotional, cognitive, and spiritual domains that would apply to this legal decision. Use only information provided in our textbook. Note that environmental factors (home life, parenting, spiritual training, etc.) should NOT be a part of the discussion.
Your paper must include 4 main sections (in addition to your introduction and conclusion):
- Begin your paper with an introductory paragraph to provide a preview for your reader of the information you will discuss in this paper. This paragraph should contain a well-crafted purpose statement.
- Describe a biosocial argument for this policy. What physical or biological characteristics do we find in a child under six years of age that would excuse them from responsibility for their actions? (Focus on development within the brain, not myelination or motor skills).
- Describe a cognitive argument for this policy. What is it about the way a child processes information during this stage of life that would lead us to believe that they are not capable of understanding the consequences of their actions (focus on the work of Piaget).
- Provide an argument for this policy based on the child’s emotional and/or social development. What characteristics do we find in a child of this age in terms of emotional and moral development?
- Finally, discuss this legal policy considering the spiritual development of a child. What does Scripture say about a child’s ability or inability to take responsibility in cases such as this?
- Conclusion: In your conclusion identify which of the 4 domains provides the most compelling argument for this legal standard.
Research and Formatting Requirements:
- Proper APA formatting is required for this assignment. Current APA resources have been made available for you and can be found in the Additional Information folder.
- Using only your textbook as a resource, include concepts to support your arguments. Identify any information used with APA style citations.
- Your paper must include 900-1200 words.
- You are a professional in training. Remember to check spelling, punctuation, and grammar before submitting your paper.
DO NOT include the following in your paper:
- Legal definitions of criminal intent or culpability.
- Environmental factors related to parenting, neglect, socio-economic status, or role-models.
- Spiritual interventions that might have prevented these tragedies.
A Word about Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is serious academic offense with serious consequences. Listed below are some common errors that could lead to problems with plagiarism:
- Copying words or phrases and using them in your paper without identifying the source. Note that if you choose to include copied words or phrases, points will be deducted as direct quotes are not allowed in this paper. However, if you choose to include copied text (a direct quote) you must include these 3 things: 1) quotation marks, 2) in-text citation, and 3) a corresponding reference.
- Improper paraphrasing. Sometimes, students mistakenly believe that by copying text and then substituting words or changing the order of words is the proper way to paraphrase. This is not correct. To paraphrase, you must rewrite the text entirely in your own words.
- “Recycling” a paper. Obviously, you are not allowed to use another person’s paper to write your own. Even if you use it as a guide but modify the text, it is still cheating. In addition, you may not re-submit work which retains essential elements of an assignment used for another course. Your work must be 100% original in this term.