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Problematizing social context in evidence-based therapy evaluation practice/governance

Robbie Busch

in Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice

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Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592753
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199592753.003.0014

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Problematizing social context in evidence-based therapy evaluation practice/governance

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I aim to problematize social context in the governance of evidence-based evaluation through the reflexive examination of my own discipline: psychology. Influenced by the critical-historical and discursive perspective of governmentality (Gordon 1991; Rabinow and Rose 2003), I thematically examine a recent history of psychotherapy evaluation in psychology in relation to social context. I argue that social context has been diluted in psychotherapy evaluation in that certain practices of thin rather than thick contextualization are espoused and encouraged. I will then conclude with what implications this has for the discursive therapies.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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