International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Translational Research in Psychology: An Instructive Case
Arthur P. Sullivan, Penny Sullivan-Nunes

A thoroughly articulated case1 study of behavioral shaping of an 11 year old boy by his parent is presented to initiate the argument for translating research findings in Psychology beyond the clinic to non-professional users such as parents. Appropriateness of choice of clinical methods to be adapted for this use is noted. The benefits and safety of parents’ use of these techniques is argued from example of the type which must precede considerations of field research to provide empirical data needed at the next step in consideration of this process. The translation can be atheoretical and purely procedural. Benefits in child adjustment and development are indicated, as well as improvement in parent-child relationship.

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