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Measurement: Taxonomy and Scaling

Categories, Dimensions and Prototypes: Critical Issues for Psychiatric Classification

Jablensky A.

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School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

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Abstract of Measurement: Taxonomy and Scaling

Published online: September 08, 2005
Issue release date: July – August

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/PSP

Abstract

Being descendants of the Kraepelinian nosology, DSM-IV and ICD-10 rely largely on the internal cohesion of the clinical picture and the pattern of course and outcome as validating criteria of the definitions of mental disorders. The majority of the research diagnostic criteria are provisional and should be extensively tested against empirical evidence. The crucial issue is whether psychiatric disorders, as currently defined in DSM-IV and ICD-10, are clearly separated from one another and from normality. Options for future revisions of the classifications include categorical typologies, dimensional models and empirically derived prototypes. The advantages and disadvantages of each option are outlined, highlighting the need for new research focusing on these critical issues.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Measurement: Taxonomy and Scaling

Published online: September 08, 2005
Issue release date: July – August

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/PSP


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