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Volume 38, Issue 4 (2009)

Treatment Integrity: Revisiting Some Big Ideas

pp. 547—553

From Peterson, Homer, and Wonderlich (1982) to the present, the editors and authors of this issue traced the historical precedence of treatment integrity in psychology (see Yeaton & Sechrest, 1981) and its emergence in education. They reviewed existing treatment integrity frameworks and reported common and unique differences in an effort to focus on common and unique features. The special issue addressed themes of (a) assessment, (b) relationship to treatment outcomes, and (c) promotion of treatment integrity in practice. They discussed relevance ranging from the control of the internal validity of experiments to response to intervention and problem-solving practices in school-wide prevention. They provided two examples of its use in research. They concluded that although inclusion and use of treatment integrity data to make inferences and decisions is emerging in the discipline, it still happens too infrequently in both research and practice.

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