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Psychiatric Progress and The Assumption of Diagnostic Discrimination

Tabb, Kathryn (2014) Psychiatric Progress and The Assumption of Diagnostic Discrimination. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The failure of psychiatry to validate its diagnostic constructs is often attributed to the prioritizing of reliability over validity in the structure and content of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Here I argue that in fact what has retarded biomedical approaches to psychopathology is unwarranted optimism about diagnostic discrimination: the assumption that our diagnostic tests group patients together in ways that allow for relevant facts about mental disorder to be discovered. I consider the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) framework as a new paradigm for classifying objects of psychiatric research that solves some of the challenges brought on by this assumption.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Tabb, Kathrynkct5@pitt.edu
Keywords: Philosophy of psychiatry, DSM, RDoC, nosology, validity
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Kathryn Tabb
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 23:12
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 15:10
Item ID: 10815
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 1 July 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10815

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