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ERIC Number: EJ1073076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
Therapeutic Process and Outcome: The Interplay of Research
Campbel, Holly
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v18 n1 p47-52 Jul 2008
From Freud through to modern times researchers have aimed to develop a clearer understanding of therapeutic processes and outcomes. Despite this continued interest in the field, the representation of psychotherapy processes and the applicability of research findings and recommendations to the therapeutic field continue to prove difficult. Quantitative and qualitative studies each purport to provide answers, however, they differ greatly in their research methods and underlying ontological and epistemological views. Efficacy and effectiveness studies and the measures of statistical significance and clinical significance are explored with their inherent strengths and weaknesses highlighted. This paper presents the view that research into psychotherapy should enhance the experiences of both the therapist and client. For this to be achieved it is recommended that quantitative and qualitative data, or objective and subjective experiences, should collude rather than collide.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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