Opponents have argued that randomized clinical trials are too narrow a type of study for psychology. A very valid point, this had been addressed in the new EBPP standard. Multiple types of research are included, ranging from public health and ethnographic research, to systematic case studies, to qualitative research, to meta-analyses (book 1). Using research-backed treatments cuts down on bias in treatment. Some psychologists argue that their experience is enough to know what works (Kendall 1998).
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So if the field of psychopathology is limited in the ethical research that can be done to have a definitive casual explanation for a mental disorder, why bother? I guess you do have to start somewhere, and yes, I know that the field of psychopathology is advancing, but are the interpretations of most psychopathology studies really accurate? It could be. Throughout my own experience with research on personality and interpersonal relationships, I have conducted mostly correlational work. (However, I am moving toward more experimental research).
Psychology isn 't a science We associate psychology to be a science, but in reality it does not meet the five basic requirements. It is a field of study that is not even based on standard scientific practices, instead it has invalid ways of studying and treating mental disorders.Because it still being so closely related to philosophy, psychology can not be declared a coherent scientific field. Psychology is the “scientific” study of the human mind and behavior. This field of study grasps all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain, to the actions of nations. While science creates a reasonable explanation to describe reality, not based on feelings or opinions, but on evidence.
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