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The need for credible evidence : comments on 'on some recent claims for the efficacy of cognitive therapy for people with intellectual disabilities'.

Emerson, Eric (2006) The need for credible evidence : comments on 'on some recent claims for the efficacy of cognitive therapy for people with intellectual disabilities'. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 19 (1). pp. 121-123. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

Sturmey (2005)argues that the evidence base underlying approaches to intervention based on applied behavioural analysis (ABA) are significantly stronger than that underlying approaches to intervention based on cognitive therapy. He concludes that ‘the ethical imperative of beneficence requires that people, including people with ID, receive known effective treatments. Those effective treatments are based on ABA’ (p. X). In this commentary, I argue that his selection of evidence to support the central argument (the superiority of ABA) involves some highly contestable assumptions and that evidence of the effectiveness of ABA falls far short of that required for evidence-based policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 8239
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2008 13:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8239

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