The Design, Manufacture, and Reporting of Weak and Pseudo-Tests: The Case of ACT

  title={The Design, Manufacture, and Reporting of Weak and Pseudo-Tests: The Case of ACT},
  author={William T. O'donohue and Cassandra Snipes and Cyndy Soto},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy},
Scientific testing, including randomly controlled trials, can vary in quality. We describe the Popperian concept of severe testing and delineate ways in which a randomly controlled trial can be weakened and thus made easier to pass. The acceptance and commitment (ACT) publications we have examined appear to instantiate many of these problematic research features. This contributes to the concern regarding overselling of ACT. We call for an explication of these sorts of design features when these… 
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