ERIC Number: EJ779538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Bashing Positivism and Reversing a Medical Model under the Guise of Evidence
Wampold, Bruce E.
Counseling Psychologist, v31 n5 p539-545 2003
In her advocacy of a model to train counseling psychologists as "evidence-based practitioners," Chwalisz (2003) (this issue) criticizes research based on positivism and advocates for methodological pluralism but ironically suggests the adoption of a medical model to influence the discourse on practice. In this comment, the author examines (a) issues raised by methodological pluralism and multiple sources of evidence and (b) dilemmas created by criticizing quantitative methods while at the same time adopting a medical model. Finally, the author suggests that methodological inclusiveness does not logically imply, and should not lead to, rejection of quantitative methods in counseling psychology.
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