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Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology, Second Edition

Edited by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, Jeffrey M. Lohr

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This new updated edition helps practitioners and students assess the merits of common yet controversial practices in clinical psychology and related fields, and make treatment decisions based on the best available research.

In this book, leading authorities evaluate widely used therapies for a range of child, adolescent, and adult disorders, differentiating between those therapies that stand up to the rigors of science and those that do not. Questionable assessment and diagnostic techniques and self-help models are also examined.

The volume illustrates the skills necessary for thinking critically as a practitioner, evaluating the validity of scientific claims, and avoiding ineffective or even harmful treatments.

This new edition:

  • Reflects the significant growth of evidence-based practices in the last decade
  • Is updated throughout with the latest treatment research
  • Includes new chapters on attachment therapy and controversial interventions for child and adolescent antisocial behavior
  • Addresses changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)

WestEd researchers Anthony Petrosino, Pamela MacDougall, Trevor Fronius, and Sarah Guckenberg contributed to a key chapter, “Antisocial Behavior of Children and Adolescents: Harmful Treatments, Effective Interventions, and Novel Strategies.”

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-1-4625-1789-3
Copyright: 2014
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 548
Publisher: Guilford Press

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Praise for this Resource

  • “In an age when everyone in clinical psychology claims that their practices are based on scientific evidence, it is imperative that we know what scientific evidence means and how to use it—but that task is not always as easy as it may seem. The second edition of this stunningly good book walks us through the major controversies in our field and methodically discerns fact from myth. Thoroughly updated throughout, and with new chapters on attachment therapies and questionable treatments for childhood and adolescent antisocial behaviors, this book should be required reading for every student of clinical psychology.”

    — David H. Barlow, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders