Behavioral Research: The Particularly Unwanted Child of Conventional Wisdom in the Alcohol Field
Advances in Behaviour Research and Therapy
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.
Sobell, M. B.
(1987). Behavioral Research: The Particularly Unwanted Child of Conventional Wisdom in the Alcohol Field. Advances in Behaviour Research and Therapy, 9(2-3), 59-72.
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