Volume 26, Issue 3 (1997)
Treatment Utility of Assessment: Myths and Realities
Jeffery P. Braden, Thomas R. Kratochwill
Abstract: There are many assumptions regarding the treatment utility of assessment that are not supported by objective data. We identify and discuss three of these assumptions: (a) aptitude-treatment interactions do not (and never will) provide a valid basis for treatment selection; (b) individualized assessment is better than non-individualized assessment; and (c) assessment (e.g., functional assessment) improves consultation treatments. These assumptions are myths, because they are not (yet) supported by objective, data-based research. We conclude our discussion of treatment utility myths by proposing a research agenda that would provide an objective, data based body of research to clarify whether psychologists should retain or reject these assumptions.
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