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Monday, 12 March 2012

The plural of anecdote is not data

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit the facts" - Sherlock Holmes

Turmoil in Parent Advocate land. Carrie Arnold of edbites keeps writing brilliant blogs.  The Fairy Blogmother needs reading too.

All this because of a Book and a Review that beggars belief in its ideology - the most interesting part of that link is the comments section, BTW, but you can read the article that suggest we return to the "heyday" of eating disorder treatment - the '70s and '80s - and offer treatment based on the clinical observations of Hilde Bruch.

Whilst parent activists commented and argued the points in the open on the HuffPo, it appears that eating disorder professionals were complaining about us behind our backs.  Sigh.  I only know one person who does think they are a perfect parent and, quite frankly, they are delusional.

"Now, you parents need to know, your objections are being judged not only on their merits but on your civility and the friends you keep. There is a growing number of people who believe you are bullies, operating in a group, and that you are unfair and rigid and that you think that parents are perfect and that the only thing anyone should ever do is one type of therapy. They feel you don't listen, you don't understand the good intentions and professional judgement of well-qualified experts. They feel you are your own worst enemies and that you are hurting the cause of better treatment of families."



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