The journal Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry hosts a debate between Peter Kinderman, one of the co-authors of the British Psychological Society’s recent Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia report, and two authors whose meta-analysis of cognitive behavioral therapy was cited in that report.
“The British Psychological Society’s report has been widely welcomed as helpful and possibly even revolutionary,” writes Kinderman. “It contains much more than just a statement of the benefits of psychological therapies – although those benefits are clear.”
“Overall, the picture that emerges from (Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia) is of claims that are either not supported by the studies the authors themselves cite, or are just plain wrong, or are interpretations that require the kind of mental gymnastics that would make a contortionist wince,” write Peter McKenna and Keith Laws.
Kinderman, Peter, Peter McKenna, and Keith R Laws. “Are Psychological Therapies Effective in Treating Schizophrenia and Psychosis?” Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry 19, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 17–20. doi:10.1002/pnp.365. (Abstract and full text)