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On Validators for Psychiatric Categories

Solomon, Miriam (2022) On Validators for Psychiatric Categories. Philosophy of Medicine, 3 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 2692-3963

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The concept of a “validator” as a unit of evidence for the validity of a psychiatric category has been important for more than fifty years. Validator evidence is aggregated by expert committees (for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), these are referred to as “workgroups”), which use the results to make nosological decisions. Through an examination of the recent history of psychiatric research, this paper argues that it is time to reassess this traditional practice. It concludes with specific suggestions for going forward.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Solomon, Miriammsolomon@temple.edu0000-0001-8975-800X
Keywords: psychiatric diagnosis psychiatric validator
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2022 13:46
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 13:46
Item ID: 21550
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2022.74
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Date: 2 December 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-23
Volume: 3
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963

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