Honors Course Example 2: Developmental Psychology (HON)


Justin Alves
Developmental Psychology (Honors)

The article critique I submitted is the first article I analyzed in my Honors Developmental Psychology class my second year at Northeastern University. It is amazing how two years later this specific article actually affected the way I worked in a clinical setting. While at a clinic I was caring for a 24 year old patient who was gay and I was able to ascertain, after he divulged his history of childhood abuse, that he had a current eating disorder, despite the fact that he had no physical symptoms. Taking the time in developmental psychology to pour over different research articles and truly absorb some of the new information they provided me with changed the way I took care of patients! I can honestly say that I gained more than just knowledge from one article that helped me with a patient down the line because I truly gained a vital skill during developmental psychology.

During my time in the Honors section of Developmental Psychology I trudged through tons of academic papers to practice teasing apart the intricacies of a study and whether or not it was proof of anything substantial. The concept of taking a piece of new research and teasing out the main points and determining what, if anything, did the paper or the study prove  became one of the most useful tools I gained in my undergraduate career. Throughout my time in the nursing program I was told that being up- to-date in my clinical practice was essential if I wanted to be a good nurse. The easiest and best way for someone to do that is by actively reading and digesting the thousands of nursing research articles that come out on a regular basis in journals all over the country. While I don’t have time to go through the thousands of new articles that are published every month I do have the ability to read articles that are pertinent to my area of clinical practice and determine how best to continue providing care to my patients.


Childhood Abuse and Eating Disorders in Gay and Bisexual Men