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

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Abstract

Sturmey (2005)q3argues that the evidence base underlying approaches to intervention q4based 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). q5In 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalJOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Evidence-based practice

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