Articles: Philosophy of Research

On Naturalistic Research

One of the exciting implications of the postpositivist, heuristic paradigm of scientific investigation is that it allows social and behavioral researchers and practitioners simultaneously to uphold their ideals of doing genuine science and to harness the robust possibilities of naturalistic research to study the full complexity of clinical practice.

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Science, Not Scientism: The Robustness of Naturalistic Clinical Research

Naturalistic research has been overlooked and underutilized owing to the scientism that has colored the thinking of social work researchers and practitioners since the 1950s.

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The Obsolete Scientific Imperative in Social Work Research

In a misguided attempt to be scientific, social work has adopted an outmoded, overly restrictive paradigm of research

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Social Casework Practice During the “Psychiatric Deluge”

A number of powerful but untested assumptions continue to influence professional formulations and practices.

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