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Mark Lipsey
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The efficacy of psychological, educational, and behavioral treatment. Confirmation from meta-analysis.

Lipsey MW, Wilson DB
Am Psychol. 1993 48 (12): 1181-209

PMID: 8297057 · DOI:10.1037//0003-066x.48.12.1181

Conventional reviews of research on the efficacy of psychological, educational, and behavioral treatments often find considerable variation in outcome among studies and, as a consequence, fail to reach firm conclusions about the overall effectiveness of the interventions in question. In contrast meta-analytic reviews show a strong, dramatic pattern of positive overall effects that cannot readily be explained as artifacts of meta-analytic technique or generalized placebo effects. Moreover, the effects are not so small that they can be dismissed as lacking practical or clinical significance. Although meta-analysis has limitations, there are good reasons to believe that its results are more credible than those of conventional reviews and to conclude that well-developed psychological, educational, and behavioral treatment is generally efficacious.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Female Humans Male Mental Disorders Meta-Analysis as Topic Psychotherapy Treatment Outcome

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