A Research Agenda for DSM-V by David J. Kupfer, Visit Amazon's Michael B. First Page,

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This ebook is made from six "white papers" which symbolize the preliminary part of the DSM-V making plans strategy. those "white papers" additionally function a foundation for examine and dialogue in guidance for DSM-V. below collaboration among the yankee Psychiatric organization and the nationwide Institute of psychological overall healthiness, the ebook attempts to supply path and capability incentives for the improvement of destiny medical classifications.

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JAMA 272:1749–1756, 1994 Wakefield JC: The concept of mental disorder: on the boundary between biological facts and social values. Am Psychol 47:373–388, 1992 Wakefield JC: Evolutionary versus prototype analyses of the concept of disorder. J Abnorm Psychol 108:374–399, 1999 Weiss MD, Doongaji DR, Siddhartha S: The Explanatory Model Interview Catalogue (EMIC): contribution to cross cultural research methods from a study of leprosy and mental health. Br J Psychiatry 160:819–830, 1992 Widiger TA, Clark LA: Towards DSM-V and the classification of psychopathology.

Research conducted on basic nomenclature issues can have scientific as well as political significance, because diagnostic categories and criteria that stand up across cultures and across settings are likely to represent core processes. The research agendas suggested here pertaining to ICD/ DSM differences, cross-cultural applicability, and application in nonpsychiatric settings must have value independent of their pertinence to suggested revisions to be included in DSM-V. In fact, we propose a highly 26 A RESEARCH AGENDA FOR DSM-V conservative approach to the revision process and suggest that changes be made only when the empirical evidence or the need for change is compelling.

Although the sensitivity and specificity of many current diagnostic criteria are similarly limited, use of alternative laboratory procedures will require evidence of clear superiority to justify the added expense entailed. Development of definitive laboratory tests is a piecemeal process that will vary from disorder to disorder in relation to progress in uncovering etiology and pathological processes associated with each disorder. However, as pointed out by Widiger and Clark (2000), the current near-exclusion of laboratory findings from diagnostic criteria is both questionable and inconsistent, because definitive tests are currently available for selected disorders and are already used for others.

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