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Taxometrics : Toward a New Diagnostic Scheme for Psychopathology - Norman B. Schmidt


Toward a New Diagnostic Scheme for Psychopathology

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9781591471424
Number Of Pages: 224

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides a common language for mental health professionals and enhances the reliability of diagnoses; however, it does have its limitations. Notably, there is little basis for its current categorical representation of diagnostic entities. In this volume, Schmidt, Kotov, and Joiner present a much needed, alternative approach to developing the DSM taxometrics, an applied data-analytic tool that discerns categories from continua and establishes defining indicators of identified categories. Integrating the work of Paul Meehl and colleagues, the book begins the ambitious task of true diagnostics, that is, the application of taxometrics to psychopathological syndromes. In the book, the authors review what is known about the categorical nature of diagnoses, provide a user-friendly primer about taxometrics, and describe the methodology for applying taxometric procedures to diagnostic categories in the DSM. This provocative book will be of interest to any mental health professional who is committed to the refinement of diagnostic procedures.

Introduction: Taxometrics Can "Do Diagnostics Right"p. ix
The Nature of Classificationp. 3
Evolution of Classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Current Problems and Proposed Alternativesp. 17
An Analytic Primer: How Do You Do Taxometrics?p. 31
Diagnosing a Taxon: Specific Applications for the DSMp. 101
Taxometric Studies of Psychopathology: Where Are the Taxa?p. 115
Taxometric Studies of Psychopathology: Future Directionsp. 141
Referencesp. 177
Indexp. 191
About the Authorsp. 197
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ISBN: 9781591471424
ISBN-10: 1591471427
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.66