Distinguishing between the validity and utility of psychiatric diagnoses.

@article{Kendell2003DistinguishingBT,
  title={Distinguishing between the validity and utility of psychiatric diagnoses.},
  author={Robert E. Kendell and A. Jablensky},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={2003},
  volume={160 1},
  pages={4-12}
}
OBJECTIVE The meaning of the terms "validity" and "utility" as they apply to psychiatric diagnoses is examined. METHOD The authors discuss the concepts of validity, utility, and disease; review assumptions that have been made about mental disorders as disease entities; and examine the evidence that mental disorders are separated from one another and from normality by natural boundaries (zones of rarity). RESULTS Despite historical and recent assumptions to the contrary, there is little… CONTINUE READING
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