Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 397–404

Revisiting an Article About Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: The Life Cycle of a Woozle

Invited Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10560-015-0399-z

Cite this article as:
Mercer, J. Child Adolesc Soc Work J (2015) 32: 397. doi:10.1007/s10560-015-0399-z


This paper examines a 2006 Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal article (Becker-Weidman in Child Adolesc Soc Work J 23:147–171, 2006a) that purported to show the effectiveness of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). It is suggested that this claim, based only on weak evidence, has been the foundation of a “woozle” (Nielsen in Psychol Public Policy Law 20:164–180, 2014), a belief system that persists simply because the original statements have been repeated so often. A history of repetition and republication is traced, and current statements by the UK National Health Service and other sources are presented as evidence that acceptance of DDP began with repetition of the 2006 claims. Suggestions are made for editors and reviewers, who are in a position to prevent the creation of new woozles by carefully examining the claims made in submissions to their journals.


Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy National Health Service Outcome research “Woozles” 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stockton UniversityMoorestownUSA

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