Taxometrics: Toward a New Diagnostic Scheme for Psychopathology

Taxometrics: Toward a New Diagnostic Scheme for Psychopathology

by Norman B. Schmidt, Thomas E. Joiner, Roman Kotov, Thomas E. Joiner
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591471424
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : taxometrics can "do diagnostics right"
Ch. 1The nature of classification3
Ch. 2Evolution of classification in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : current problems and proposed alternatives17
Ch. 3An analytic primer : how do you do taxometrics?31
Ch. 4Diagnosing a taxon : specific applications for the DSM101
Ch. 5Taxometric studies of psychopathology : where are the taxa?115
Ch. 6Taxometric studies of psychopathology : future directions141

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