Leslie A. Gavin, PhD, is Assistant Professor, the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80206
SCHOUTEN IN THE DARK: MISSING THE FOREST AND THE TREES
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 301–310, July 1994
How to Cite
Gavin, L. A. and Wamboldt, F. S. (1994), SCHOUTEN IN THE DARK: MISSING THE FOREST AND THE TREES. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 20: 301–310. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1994.tb00118.x
Frederick S. Wamboldt, MD, is Associate Professor, the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80206.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
The present article is a response to a paper by Schouten in the January, 1994 issue of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy entitled, “A Scale in Search of a Construct: Comments on Gavin and Wamboldt” (Schouten, 1994) in which he comments on our 1992 paper entitled “A Reconsideration of the Family-of-Origin Scale” (Gavin & Wamboldt, 1992). We respond to Schouten's allegations of lack of methodological rigor and “unsubstantiated claims” (Schouten, 1994, p. 59). We systematically address ways in which Schouten has taken our work out of context, missed the essence of our study, and used faulty and/or vacuous logic in an attempt to discredit our findings. Despite the appearance of rigor in Schouten's work, closer scrutiny brings into question the contribution of Schouten's article to the field of family theory or measurement.