Alternative Perspectives on Psychiatric ValidationDSM, IDC, RDoC, and Beyond

Alternative Perspectives on Psychiatric ValidationDSM, IDC, RDoC, and Beyond

Peter Zachar, Drozdstoj St. Stoyanov, Massimiliano Aragona, and Assen Jablensky

Print publication date: Nov 2014

ISBN: 9780199680733

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Many of the current debates about validity in psychiatry and psychology are predicated on the unexpected failure to validate commonly used diagnostic categories. The recognition of this failure has resulted in what Thomas Kuhn calls a period of extraordinary science in which validation problems are given increased weight, alternatives are proposed, methodologies are debated, and philosophical and historical analyses are seen as more relevant than usual. In this important new title in the IPPP series, a group of leading thinkers in psychiatry, psychology, and philosophy offer alternative perspectives that address both the scientific and clinical aspects of psychiatric validation, emphasizing throughout their philosophical and historical considerations.