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Lifintsev D.V., Serykh A.B., Lifintseva A.А., Novikova J.Yu. (2018) Meta-analysis in clinical psychology. National Psychological Journal, [Natsional’nyy psikhologicheskiy zhurnal], 11(1), 46–52.


Background. Like evidence-based medicine, clinical psychology is interested in obtaining results that can be extrapolated to many areas of studying the human psyche. Meta-analysis is the method of obtaining results that can be used in other areas of psychological research. The study of meta-analysis in relation to clinical psychology is of particular importance.

The Objective of this research is to analyze the features of using meta-analysis in clinical psychology, to show its limitations and procedure. Design. At the initial stage of our theoretical research, the main directions and tasks of using meta-analysis in clinical psychology were analyzed. The next step was the description of the meta-analytical clinical and psychological research procedure. The solution of tasks identified in this work are the basis of meta-analytical research in clinical psychology.

Results. In clinical and psychological research, meta-analysis was found to be used in evaluating the effectiveness of behavioural, cognitive, and cognitive-behavioural therapy, psycho-pharmacological interventions in schizophrenia, anxiety and depressive disorders, chronic fatigue, personality pathology, and autistic spectrum disorders.

A separate part of the research embraces the assessment results of the influence of various factors on the psychopathology. The difficulties of using meta-analysis in clinical psychology were described.

Conclusion. Meta-analysis is a powerful tool for obtaining data in clinical psychology; thanks to him, it becomes possible to generalize the results of a multitude of clinical and psychological studies and to evaluate the effectiveness of various types of psychosocial interventions.

Received: 03/14/2019
Accepted: 11/28/2019
Pages: 46-52
DOI: 10.11621/npj.2019.0405

By: Lifintsev, Dmitry V.; Serykh, Anna B.; Lifintseva A.A.; Novikova Ju.Yu.;

Sections: Methods, Technologies, Tools;

PDF: /pdf/npj-no36-2019/npj_no36_2019_046-052.pdf

Keywords: meta-analysis; clinical psychology; psychotherapy; meta-analysis procedure;

Available Online 31.12.2019


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