Analogue Research

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According to Kazdin (1978) "virtually all psychological experimentation with human subjects is analogue research insofar as it constructs a situation in which a particular phenomenon can be studied" (p. 676). Despite the accuracy of this statement, the term analogue may be most appropriately considered as research focused on gaining a clear understanding of the processes underlying the development and maintenance of psychopathology, with the emphasis on discovery as opposed to confirmation (see McGlynn, 2001). Analogue research has utility in (a) its ability to answer specific questions, (b) the empirical assessment of proposed theories, (c) the development of novel conceptualizations, and (d) allowing greater flexibility and control in designing experiments (Borkovec & Rachman, 1979). Similar to the goals of experimental psychopathology (Abramson & Seligman, 1977; Kihlstrom & McGlynn 1991; Zvolensky, Lejuez, Stuart & Curtin, 2001) and translational research (Daughters, Lejuez, Lesieur, Strong, & Zvolensky, 2003; National Advisory Mental Health Council Behavioral Science Workgroup, 2000), analogue research begins with the goal of understanding more basic processes, which may then be used to guide additional research focused on the generalizability of findings to the clinical phenomena of interest.


Handbook of Research Methods in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, P. 61-77.

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Handbook of research methods in abnormal and clinical psychology, p. 61-79