Phenomenology and Dimensional Approaches to Psychiatric Research and Classification

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 26 (1):65-75 (2019)
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Contemporary psychiatry finds itself in the midst of a crisis of classification. The developments begun in the 1980s—with the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders —successfully increased inter-rater reliability. However, these developments have done little to increase the predictive validity of our categories of disorder. A diagnosis based on DSM categories and criteria often fails to accurately anticipate course of illness or treatment response. In addition, there is little evidence that the DSM categories link up with genetic findings, and even less evidence that they...

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Anthony Vincent Fernandez
University of Southern Denmark


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