No Cover Image

Journal article 647 views

Evaluating the evidence base for relational frame theory: A citation analysis / Simon, Dymond; Alice, Hoon

The Behavior Analyst, Volume: 33, Issue: 1, Pages: 97 - 117

Swansesa University Authors: Simon, Dymond, Alice, Hoon

Full text not available from this repository: check for access using links below.

Check full text

DOI (Published version): 10.1007/BF03392206

Abstract

Relational frame theory (RFT) is a contemporary behavior-analytic account of language and cognition. Since it was first outlined in 1985, RFT has generated considerable controversy and debate, and several claims have been made concerning its evidence base. The present study sought to evaluate the ev...

Full description

Published in: The Behavior Analyst
ISSN: 0738-6729 2196-8918
Published: 2010
Online Access: Check full text

URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa16690
Tags: Add Tag
No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!
Abstract: Relational frame theory (RFT) is a contemporary behavior-analytic account of language and cognition. Since it was first outlined in 1985, RFT has generated considerable controversy and debate, and several claims have been made concerning its evidence base. The present study sought to evaluate the evidence base for RFT by undertaking a citation analysis and by categorizing all articles that cited RFT-related search terms. A total of 174 articles were identified between 1991 and 2008, 62 (36%) of which were empirical and 112 (64%) were nonempirical articles. Further analyses revealed that 42 (68%) of the empirical articles were classified as empirical RFT and 20 (32%) as empirical other, whereas 27 (24%) of the nonempirical articles were assigned to the nonempirical reviews category and 85 (76%) to the nonempirical conceptual category. In addition, the present findings show that the majority of empirical research on RFT has been conducted with typically developing adult populations, on the relational frame of sameness, and has tended to be published in either The Psychological Record or the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Overall, RFT has made a substantial contribution to the literature in a relatively short period of time.
Keywords: relational frame theory, verbal behavior, citation analysis
College: Swansea University Medical School
Issue: 1
Start Page: 97
End Page: 117