The Use of the “Serious” Experiment in Child Psychiatric Research

  • E. James Anthony


It may seem somewhat anachronistic that a clinician should be attempting to foist the experimental approach on other clinicians at a time when behavioral scientists are seriously questioning the value of experiment in the behavioral sciences. Kelman (1967), for example, has recently wondered whether it was naïve to expect principles of behavior to emerge from the laboratory rather than from life and whether the more important task for the future was to study the individual systematically in his natural environment. He was not depreciating the experiment as such but seeing it in a better perspective, as a useful adjunct to other research methods and not an end in itself. Near enough the same opinion was held by Brewster-Smith (1969), who maintained that insights can be gleaned from sources other than experiment and that common human experiences should not be underrated in this respect; there is no single royal road to truth, not even the experimental path, and the most promising strategy is to converge upon it from many points of vantage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. James Anthony
    • 1
  1. 1.The Harry Edison Child Development Research CenterWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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