This is my 5th blog based on the monthly workshops and webinars I run. As you will see below, March will be about Research. We need to know how to interpret and use research whichever field of TA applies, and we also use forms of research – without realising - whenever we work professionally with TA – for instance: we are doing autoethnography when we self-reflect; critical ethnography when we hypothesise, make an intervention, see what happens, and repeat; action research when we work with clients to help them grow . . . . so it matters that we know enough to do it effectively.
How might research go wrong?
Researching efficacy and/or effectiveness sounds straightforward but of course research is not that easy – there are several ways in which spurious results may be obtained, whether we are measuring efficacy or effectiveness. These problems include:
There are also problems that arise concerning the use of research results, such as:
Bannon, Vincent (1976) Standards of Experimental Research Transactional Analysis Journal 6:3 318-322
Roethlisberger, Fritz Jules & Dickson, William J (1939) - Management and the Worker: Cambridge, Harvard University Press
Rosenzweig, Saul (1936) Some implicit common factors in diverse methods in psychotherapy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 6, 412-415
Carroll, Lewis (1865) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - nowadays available as Penguin Popular Classics
Guthrie, Else (2000) Enhancing the clinical relevance of psychotherapy outcome research Journal of Mental Health 9:3 267-271
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