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York University
PSYC 3230
James Alcock

3 Classification and Diagnosis Monday January 21 2013 900 AMLearning Objectives 1 Describe why we need a classification system for mental disorders 2 Outline what criteria can be used to evaluate a system of classification 3 Describe the history of classification of mental disorders 4 Describe the multiaxial system of classification of mental disorders 5 Identify the key reasons why the current system of classification DSMIVTR is being revised 6 Outline the major criticisms of the current and past systems of classification of mental disorders Why do we need a classification system for mental disordersA diagnosis consists of a determination or identification of the nature of a persons disease or condition or a statement of that findingDiagnostic system a system of rules for recognizing and grouping various types of abnormalitiesA diagnostic system for mental disorders serves a number of important functions o Provides a description of different mental disorders o Provides a number of criteria for a disorder when a certain number of criteria are met the person is diagnosed as having that particular disorder o Psychopathology researchers rely on diagnostic systems to identify individuals who meet criteria for a particular disorder and to exclude individuals who do not meet criteria for that disorder o Accurate diagnosis provides important information for effective clinical intervention o Diagnostic systems are needed for surveying population health and for understanding the prevalence and etiology ie causes of particular mental health problemsAssessment a procedure through which information is gathered systematically in the evaluation of a condition not the same as diagnosis The perfect diagnostic systemThe perfect diagnostic system would classify disorders on the basis of o A study of presenting symptomspatterns of behaviors o Etiology history of the development of the symptoms and underlying causes o Prognosis future development of this pattern of behaviors o Response to treatment Characteristics of strong diagnostic systemsMost researchers and clinicians believe that a good diagnostic system is very useful if not essentialWhat criteria are used to determine whether a diagnostic system is useful or not
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