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Behav Ther. 2013 Dec;44(4):609-13. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2013.06.001. Epub 2013 Jul 13.

Reflections on the theory-practice gap in cognitive behavior therapy.

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Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Electronic address: hreese@partners.org.

Abstract

The papers in this special series, edited by Pilecki and McKay (2013--this issue), are devoted to examining the theory-practice gap in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). A gap between theory and practice can occur at more than one level. First, there exists a substantial and concerning gap between the theories and interventions supported by research and those being offered to patients in the community (i.e., research-practice gap). There is also a growing concern in the field that the techniques and procedures that characterize cognitive-behavioral therapies are becoming increasingly divorced from underlying theories (i.e., theory-procedure gap). In the present commentary we hope to summarize and comment on some of the themes, issues, and future directions raised by our contributors.

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cognitive behavioral therapy; dissemination; practice; theory

PMID:
24094786
DOI:
10.1016/j.beth.2013.06.001
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