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Classifying Psychopathology

Un libro in lingua di Kincaid Harold (EDT) Sullivan Jacqueline (EDT) edito da Mit Pr, 2014

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In this volume, leading philosophers of psychiatry examine psychiatric classificationsystems, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM), asking whether current systems are sufficient for effective diagnosis, treatment,and research. Doing so, they take up the question of whether mental disorders are natural kinds,grounded in something in the outside world. Psychiatric categories based on natural kinds shouldgroup phenomena in such a way that they are subject to the same type of causal explanations andrespond similarly to the same type of causal interventions. When these categories do not evince suchgroupings, there is reason to revise existing classifications. The contributors all question currentpsychiatric classifications systems and the assumptions on which they are based. They differ,however, as to why and to what extent the categories are inadequate and how to address the problem.Topics discussed include taxometric methods for identifying natural kinds, the error and biasinherent in DSM categories, and the complexities involved in classifying such specific mentaldisorders as "oppositional defiance disorder" and pathologicalgambling.

ContributorsGeorge Graham, Nick Haslam, AllanHorwitz, Harold Kincaid, Dominic Murphy, Jeffrey Poland, Nancy Nyquist Potter, Don Ross, Dan Stein,Jacqueline Sullivan, Serife Tekin, Peter Zachar

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