Paradigms, promises, and the potential of clinical psychology
Article first published online: 1 AUG 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Special Issue: In Search of a Paradigm for Clinical Psychology: Neuroscience versus Behaviorism
Volume 57, Issue 9, pages 1125–1132, September 2001
How to Cite
Strauman, T. J. (2001), Paradigms, promises, and the potential of clinical psychology. J. Clin. Psychol., 57: 1125–1132. doi: 10.1002/jclp.1079
- Issue published online: 1 AUG 2001
- Article first published online: 1 AUG 2001
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. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol 57: 1125–1132, 2001.