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LEARNING THEORY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY,
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS
Four conclusions about the reconciliation of learning theory and clinical psychology are offered. First, both behaviorists and clinical psychologists must overcome their traditional distrust of theory and come to a realization that the development of a constructual approach is to their mutual benefit and advancement. Second, the thrust of learning into clinical psychology has produced much questioning of clinical mythology, a procedure which is a necessary step in the progress of clinical psychology. Third, contact with clinical observation has in many instances forced the learning theorist to reexamine the narrowness of his formulations and has contributed to an awareness that imaginative conceptualization is prior to methodological ingenuity. Fourth, the strands of learning theory form a network of still tenuous strength, but one which offers a compelling approach to abnormal behavior and the clinicians interactions with the disturbed individual. Author
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