Single-system design use of behavior therapists: Implications for social work

Craig Lecroy, Richard M. Tolman

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    The feasibility of adopting the use of single-system designs for evaluating practice has become an important topic in the field of social work. This study addresses this issue by examining the extent to which behavior therapists, who espouse empirical methods as part of their practice, use various single-system designs in their practice. In addition, the study examined what practitioner characteristics influence single-system design use. Result revealed that practitioners are not making much use of inferential single-system designs but do use the more flexible evaluative designs (such as B only or AB). The results of this study suggest that social work educators should spend more time teaching evaluative designs and not overemphasize single-system designs that are unlikely to be used in practice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)45-56
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Social Service Research
    Issue number1-2
    StatePublished - Apr 19 1991

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science


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