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Do general therapy change principles represent causal relationships?
Research Institute, Modum Bad, Vikersund, Norway; Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8042-8570
Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3268-5852
2014 (English)In: Journal of psychotherapy integration, ISSN 1053-0479, E-ISSN 1573-3696, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 280-283Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In his reply to our critique of the idea to integrate psychotherapies on the basis of general therapy change principles (TCPs), Goldfried (2014) maintains that these principles represent causal connections. In this comment, we argue that attributing a causal status to the TCPs involves seeing them as latent constructs, which is associated with a number of conceptual problems. A causal network analysis of observable symptoms, targets of change, and procedures, explained within a causal schema, appears to be a viable alternative. We further argue that the TCPs seem to represent something we know about humans by being human. Denial of these principles makes no sense. Thus, they lack the hallmark of empirical propositions that their denial is logically possible. Consequently, the TCPs cannot be refuted by experience.

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American Psychological Association (APA), 2014. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 280-283
Keywords [en]
A priori knowledge; Causality; General therapy change principles
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65661DOI: 10.1037/a0038378Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84925852138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-65661DiVA, id: diva2:1189658
Available from: 2018-03-12 Created: 2018-03-12 Last updated: 2018-03-12Bibliographically approved

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