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October 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

What Does Psychology Need?

APA In the review of Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives, by Albert Ellis and Mike Abrams (with Lidia D. Abrams), Simon Boag comments on the presentation of Ellis's Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory of Personality. Boag notes that "despite Ellis's numerous contributions to psychology (see Farley, 2009), it is difficult to really say that Ellis contributes a novel 'theory' of personality per se." Boag describes the presentation of Ellis's work as an attempt to synthesize and integrate components of other theories with cognitive theories. At this moment in our history, what is required to move behavioral science forward?

Is psychology ready for another "grand theory" of personality and behavior or do we need better integration of existing theories?

Read the Review
ReviewDoes Psychology Really Need Another Personality Textbook?
By Simon Boag
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(41)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Standards for Self-Help Recommendations

APA We are increasingly focused on the evidence base for therapeutic treatments and interventions, as well as the translation of that evidence into practice. Brandon A. Gaudiano and Lily A. Brown note in Back to Life, Back to Normality: Cognitive Therapy, Recovery, and Psychosis that "often, it is assumed that because a book is based on an evidence-based psychotherapy, it is acceptable to present the same principles in a self-help format as they are thought to be safe and effective, even if a bit watered down (Redding, Herbert, Forman, & Gaudiano, 2008)."

In an environment that increasingly requests the evidence base for therapies and interventions, what is required to proceed with self-help recommendations? Do psychology and other mental health professions have a responsibility to develop an evidence base that addresses self-help recommendations, or are these reasonable dissemination efforts based on general therapeutic knowledge?

Read the Review
ReviewSelf-Administered Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis: Untapped Potential or Premature Promotion?
      By Brandon A. Gaudiano [and] Lily A. Brown
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(41)

Editor of PsycCRITIQUES

Danny Wedding, PhD

Chair of Behavioral Sciences,
College of Medicine,
American University of Antigua

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