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CAYCEDO ESPINEL, Claudia Consuelo; BALLESTEROS DE VALDERRAMA, Blanca Patricia  and  NOVOA GOMEZ, Mónica María. Analysis of a clinical case formulation protocol from psychological well-being categories. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.1, pp. 231-250. ISSN 1657-9267.

We describe the validation process of a case formulation protocol, based on the theoretical perspective of Behavior Analysis, in order to contribute to the development of a case formulation model aimed to organize the information coming from evaluation, to reduce clinical judgment bias, and to orient the clinical intervention towards a coherent and consistent way with the analysis categories belonging to the field of Psychological Wellbeing. Validity was defined as a function of the use of a single case design with a time series methodology and the internal validity of the formulations, based on criteria of consistency among the categories and the descriptive and explicative hypotheses, and among these and the intervention plan. The clinical formulation process was finished with six cases, taking the intervention efficacy as the validity criterion. Results point to the high level of inference and hypotheses based on clinical judgment rather than on empirical evidences.

Keywords : Case formulation; Psychological well-being; Functional analysis; Internal validity; Clinical protocols; Quality of life; Psychotherapy; Behavioral research.

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