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ERIC Number: EJ844407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
The Dodo-Bird Debate, Empirically Supported Relationships and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
Vandenberghe, Luc; de Sousa, Ana Carolina Aquino
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v1 n4 p323-328 2005
The dodo-bird verdict has haunted the literature on psychotherapy outcome since its early beginnings. It is based on the counter-intuitive finding that often highly diverging treatments do not differ much in effectiveness. There is evidence that much of the common effect of different treatments can be related to unspecific factors as opposed to treatment-specific techniques. The present paper offers a short behavior analytic reflection on contemporary directions concerning effective therapeutic relationships. It suggests that the idiographic vision inherent in functional analysis may point at an alternative avenue for psychotherapy outcome research that is entirely different from those on empirically supported treatments and empirically supported relationships, and that this third direction may shed more light on the question as to what determines therapeutic change.
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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