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VERY IMPORTANT: Please pay close attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, use of citations, etc. DO NOT use transition words such as: furthermore, nevertheless, moreover, etc.
•    Identify three theories commonly applied to research in your specialization (Advanced Studies in Human Behavior/ School of Counseling and Human Services). 
•    Compare and contrast the identified theories. 
•    Synthesize your findings and evaluate which theory is best suited to your proposed (or School-approved) dissertation topic. 
Three theories I want to use to address this question:
1. Social learning theory
2. Cognitive Dissonance
3. Cognitive transformation theory: (This is the theory I’m using for my School-approved dissertation topic ) Giordano’s cognitive transformation theory (Giordano, Cernkovich & Rudolph, 2002) to understand the thought process and perceptions associated with reintegration among formerly incarcerated women. (Please read my research paper to understand the research)
Writing Instructions:
While there is no required page length for the comprehensive examination, it is essential that each component of the comprehensive examination question be substantively addressed in accordance with the Comprehensive Examination Evaluation Scoring Rubrics. Verify that you have satisfied the requirements shown in the Comprehensive Examination Rubric, which is found in Appendix C in the Comprehensive Examination Manual.
All responses will be reviewed holistically in alignment with grading criteria, regardless of length.  However, satisfactory responses to comprehensive examination questions have typical characteristics:  A high quality response to a comprehensive examination question generally incorporates no fewer than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, avoids referencing more than 3 textbooks and ranges between 12 and 17 pages in length, not including cover page, questions pages, and reference pages. Comprehensive examination responses should be limited to no more than 17 pages for each question, excluding cover page, question page, and reference pages, as readers are not required to read beyond 17 pages.
Both foundational and recent scholarly literature (published within the last 5 years) should be incorporated into each exam response as applicable.  Doctoral dissertations are typically not considered peer-reviewed scholarly work and as such should not be included in the 20 recommended references for the comp exam responses.  However, one or two dissertations that provide new information that may be of particular relevance to the learner’s topic may be used in addition to the other references.
Within the comp questions, learners may be asked to identify their proposed (or School-approved) dissertation research topic, the focus of which needs to be an approved program of research topic within the learner’s specialization.  While the focus of the learner’s proposed dissertation research topic may be an approved program of research topic within the learner’s specialization for comprehensive examination purposes, it does not guarantee that the proposed dissertation research topic will be School-approved for dissertation purposes.
Include a separate reference list for each question’s response.  Sample references for a book, a journal article with a DOI, and a journal article without a DOI may be found on the next page. Please consult the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition regarding other types of references.
For your convenience, the appendix of this template includes an overview of the formatting and style rules of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Please consult the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition for clarification and/or more information.
Jones, D., & Anderson, M. (2010). Book title: Subtitle of book (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Publisher.
Miller, F., Crumfield, S., & Rewter, R. (2011). Article title: Subtitle of article. Journal of Amazing Information, 4, 54-78. doi: 10.1111/j.aminfo.20111094
Oronski, D. (2009). Article title: Subtitle of article. The Journal of Important Studies, 15(1), 154-173. Retrieved from
For this paper:
You must have at least 30 current within 5 years/ peer-reviewed journal articles, avoids referencing more than 3 textbooks, and should be between 12 to 17 pages in length, not including cover page, questions pages, and reference pages. Must use APA 7th edition.
When answering the exam question: provide details, background history, give examples using articles and journals, explain your answer in detail, explain what the theories are, who created the theories, when is the theories used,etc, address each section of the question, read all attached documents, and use the exam score guide to make sure you have addressed the question.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information to complete this assignment


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