Theory and Empiricism in Intervention Research: A Dialectic to Be Avoided


Journal Article

It has been my pleasure to read and comment on the article by Hughes on "The Essential Role of Theory in the Science of Treating Children: Beyond Empirically Supported Treatments" [this issue]. This article has all of the commendable qualities that make for a useful and important critique of our current practice in a certain area; in this case, in the use of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) with children and adolescents. Hughes' article has excellent reviews of the current literature in several key areas. In the style of a useful critique designed to stimulate discussion of a topic that might otherwise be placidly accepted, the article raises important issues and concludes that intervention researchers have become "enamored of facts and distrustful of theory" and that the current zeitgeist favors empiricism. © 2000 Society for the Study of School Psychology.

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Cited Authors

  • Lochman, JE

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 359 - 368

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4405

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0022-4405(00)00038-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus