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Classification of mental disorder as a collection of hypothetical constructs.
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PMID:  1918606     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this article, I explore the implications of viewing psychiatric classification as a collection of hypothetical constructs. In this view, a taxonomic construct includes meaning surplus to the descriptive features provided by operational definitions, such as those provided in the American Psychiatric Association's 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This surplus meaning includes ties to etiology and treatment that for many disorders are as yet unknown. Despite these unknowns, it is proposed that a taxonomic construct must be embedded in a theory that provides some meaningful context for the construct and that falsification of such theories constitutes the primary enterprise of taxonomic research.
L C Morey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of abnormal psychology     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0021-843X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Abnorm Psychol     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-07     Completed Date:  1991-11-07     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0034461     Medline TA:  J Abnorm Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37240.
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MeSH Terms
Mental Disorders / classification*,  diagnosis,  psychology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data*

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