Paradigms, promises, and the potential of clinical psychology.


Journal Article

Both Plaud's and Ilardi and Feldman's articles call for clinical psychology to redefine itself according to a particular paradigm or "unifying framework." This commentary focuses on the nature of clinical psychology as an applied discipline, whether clinical psychology in fact has an urgent need for a unifying framework, and whether radical behaviorism or cognitive neuroscience could provide such a framework. It is concluded that, as an applied field that draws both theory and method from a number of natural and social sciences, clinical psychology is served best by continued development and appropriation of competing scientific viewpoints rather than by fealty to a single perspective or paradigm.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Strauman, TJ

Published Date

  • September 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1125 - 1132

PubMed ID

  • 11494245

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11494245

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4679

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9762

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jclp.1079


  • eng