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Psychology and the Trustworthiness of Websites

The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders (http://www.something-fishy.com/ed.htm)

Anxiety Relief Center (http://www.anxiety-relief.com/)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (http://www.aacap.org/Web/aacap/)

Psychology in Daily Life (http://www.apa.org/pubinfo/)

QUESTIONS:

For each of the four websites:

1. What does the website claim as knowledge?
2. Do you believe the website's claims are based on scientific research?
3. How trustworthy is each website? Why do you think so?

(Hint: 2 websites are generally considered trustworthy; two are not.)

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Let's look at the the four websites:

a. The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders (http://www.something-fishy.com/ed.htm)
b. Anxiety Relief Center (http://www.anxiety-relief.com/)
c. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (http://www.aacap.org/Web/aacap/)
d. Psychology in Daily Life (http://www.apa.org/pubinfo/)

1. What does the website claim as knowledge?

a. The website provides information about the organization and about the mental illnesses (see them listed in the quote from the web site below) that they treat at their various centers throughout the US.
"CRC Health Group is the largest provider of specialized behavioral health care services in the U.S. We treat more than 30,000 people with drug and alcohol addiction, learning differences, weight management issues, eating disorders, and other behavioral issues each day. Operating residential treatment facilities, outpatient clinics, boarding schools, outdoor wilderness camps, and a variety of other therapeutic programs, we are uniquely qualified to treat patients throughout the life cycle of their disorders, at every level of care." ...

Solution Summary

By addressing the questions, this solution analyzes the trustworthiness of four websites with psychological related information.

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