Why clinical psychology needs process research: An examination of four methodologies

Paul Rhodes*

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    Abstract

    This paper advocates for process research as a valid source of evidence in clinical psychology, research that focuses on why and how therapy works, both across the course of treatment and in the minutiae of interactions between therapist and client. Process research is consistent with the aims of the scientist-practitioner model, supporting the provision of practical and realistic guidance to clinicians. Specific examples of methods are provided, including the analysis of mechanisms of change, patient-focused research, conversational analysis and interpersonal process recall.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)495-504
    Number of pages10
    JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

    Keywords

    • evidence-based practice
    • process research
    • scientist-practitioner model

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