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The Social Validity Manual - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128160046, 9780128160053

The Social Validity Manual

2nd Edition

Subjective Evaluation of Interventions

Authors: Stacy Carter John Wheeler
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128160046
eBook ISBN: 9780128160053
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th June 2019
Page Count: 334
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Social Validity is a concept used in behavioral intervention research. It focuses on whether the goals of treatment, the intervention techniques used, and the outcomes achieved are acceptable, relevant, and useful to the individual in treatment. The Social Validity Manual, 2e, provides background on the development of social validity, an overview of current research in social validity, and guidelines for expanding the practice of social validation. The book offers detailed information on scales and methods for measuring social validity across the goals, procedures, and effects of treatments utilized in various fields. The second edition incorporates advances in research findings and offers two new chapters on the use of social validity in the health sciences and how social validity plays an important role in increasing cultural awareness.

Key Features

  • Defines and conceptualizes social validity
  • Summarizes research advances in social validity
  • Compares and contrasts social validity measures 
  • Includes use of social validity in multiple disciplines
  • Reviews how to organize social validity data
  • Provides new coverage of use in health professions


Clinical practitioners in psychology; Researchers in clinical psychology; Secondary audience of health practitioners

Table of Contents

1. Background of Social Validity
2. Conceptualizations of Social Validity
3. Instruments and Methods for Evaluating Social Validity
4. Research on Social Validity
5. Increasing the Social Significance of Treatment Goals
6. Enhancing the Appropriateness of Treatment Procedures
7. Improving the Importance of Treatment Effects
8. Social Validity and Ethics
9. Social Validity and Cultural Competence
10. Social Validity in Health Sciences
11. Organization of Social Validity Data
12. The Future of Social Validity


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About the Authors

Stacy Carter

Stacy Carter is a Professor in the Special Education Program in the College of Education. Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Psychology from Mississippi State University which was accredited by both the National Association for School Psychologists and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Carter is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Carter is also a licensed special education teacher and a licensed specialist in school psychology. Dr. Carter has over 20 years of experience working as a Behavior Analyst in developmental centers, psychiatric hospitals, community living situations, and school settings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

John Wheeler

Dr. John Wheeler has had over twenty-five years of experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families throughout his career in special education. He has served as a Professor, Director, Associate Dean and Dean and has also been active in grant funded projects in the areas of professional development and capacity building through technical assistance to underserved and rural schools. He has authored/co-authored numerous research studies in the education and treatment of children with ASD and serves on a number of editorial boards for professional journals in the field. He has authored 6 textbooks, on positive behavior supports, autism and inclusion.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College of Education, East Tennessee State University, USA

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