ERIC Number: ED143909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Program of Clinical Research Development: Developing Decision Making Skills in Children.
Russell, Michael L.
This paper emphasizes the seemingly incompatible roles of researcher (who focuses on reliable cause-effect relationships) and clinician (who endeavors to provide valid treatment to the client). As a counselor working with 9-13-year old dependent and neglected children, he is called on to fill both roles. This paper describes the creation of a program for teaching decision-making skills to children. Four phrases of the process are described: (1) developing training materials and assessment techniques; (2) using quasi-experimental design to obtain preliminary data; (3) using a rigorous experimental design to establish the effect of the training program on a larger group of children; and (4) reexamining the effects of treatment and looking for variables that might limit the effects of training. It is concluded that, despite the difficulties involved, the combined researcher-clinician role is of great value in the process of creating a treatment technique. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1977)