College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Behavioral Research: The Particularly Unwanted Child of Conventional Wisdom in the Alcohol Field

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1987

Publication Title

Advances in Behaviour Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Volume

9

Issue/No.

2-3

Abstract

Asserts that the alcohol field and the field of behavioral research and therapy both developed over the past 2 decades to become major domains of scientific and clinical activity. A result of the alcohol constituency's successful lobbying for an alcohol research priority was the attraction of behavioral and other researchers to the alcohol field. In several areas the findings of scientific research have conflicted with conventional wisdom (i.e., supporters of the progressivity, loss of control, and abstinence notions). The conflicts involving behavioral research have been especially severe, however, because the behavioral findings represent not just an academic but also a practical threat to the dominance of conventional wisdom.

DOI

10.1016/0146-6402(87)90008-7