Is Psychology not a real science?
So, I've heard proponents of the hard sciences say, if so, why? And, if it isn't who should you go to if you're having an emotional or mental problem, rather than a psychologist or psychiatrist? Is there a more scientific alternative?
- RWPossumLv 71 year agoFavorite Answer
Just because a paper gets published in a psychology journal, that doesn't mean its conclusions should be considered hard facts. The quality of studies varies greatly.
What makes a study of a treatment influential? One with a high effect strength, for one thing - a study in which the treatment group does much better than the control group. There are other things. It's good for the two groups to be similar to each other in a number of respects, like age, gender, level of education, etc. It's good if assessment is done, not just with subjects' reports of how they were doing but objective data. Therapy for PTSD can be studied with something that measures the PTSD symptom known as hyperarousal - "eye blink startle." Also, MRI studies can be used for PTSD diagnostics. Studies of DBT for borderline personality disorder have used police reports and hospital admissions for data about behavior problems.
The influence of research is often a matter of the need for a treatment, side effects, and cost. The VA likes breathing therapy for vets with PTSD for those reasons plus impressive research. Seppala's PTSD study at Stanford - anxiety of veterans with PTSD brought down to normal with 1 week of breathing therapy, good results in the follow up a year later.
You might ask, what's the point of publishing all those papers that don't prove anything. A very small, inconclusive study can encourage more study of a question. Data from lots and lots of similar small studies can be used together as if there were one big study, called a meta-analysis.
Replication is important. DBT was better than treatment in the control group in 8 borderline studies.
In psychology, as in the physical sciences, the researcher and therapists are learning more all the time. There was a news report on NBC the other night that the FDA is about to approve of a medicine for depression that's thought by some to be much better than today's antidepressants. Psychiatrists used to say that borderline personality disorder is unrepeatable, but DBT shows that it is.
- Mars MissionLv 71 year ago
Yes it is a real science because more of it is
supportable by good scientific evidence.
Check out the Sceptics Societies take on
Treatments thanks, ok?
Very best wishes
Source:) Study and Ethics.
- Anonymous1 year ago
It is, but the ethics associated with its misuse may be questionable, therefore civilisations tend to stay on the safe side. It is not a perfect science. Nothing is perfect unless the amount of knowledge applied to it is very high.
- JimLv 71 year ago
It's a social science.