Controlling Is Not Enough: The Importance of Measuring the Process and Specific Effectiveness of Psychotherapy Treatment and Control Conditions
Castonguay, Louis G.
Ethics and Behavior 2002; 12(1): 31-42
The major argument of this article is that failing to measure what is taking place in treatment and control conditions can lead to scientifically invalid conclusions. It is argued that researchers are ethically responsible for being aware that variables related to the therapist, client, and the therapeutic relationship (as well as their interaction) might play a confounding role when treatment and control conditions are compared. As a consequence, they should either measure those variables or be tentative in their interpretation of their findings.
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