The DSM classification of personality disorder: clinical wisdom or empirical truth? A response to Alvin R. Mahrer's problem 11.

@article{Klonsky2000TheDC,
  title={The DSM classification of personality disorder: clinical wisdom or empirical truth? A response to Alvin R. Mahrer's problem 11.},
  author={Elisha David Klonsky},
  journal={Journal of clinical psychology},
  year={2000},
  volume={56 12},
  pages={1615-21}
}
In a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology Alvin R. Mahrer (1999, pp. 1147-1156) outlined 11 problems facing the field of psychotherapy. Problem 11 states that psychotherapy rests on a foundation of truths that have not been tested in ways that could find them to be false. This point is especially pertinent to the DSM classification of personality disorders. None of the DSM-IV categories of personality disorder were discovered through empirical research. Rather, they were… CONTINUE READING

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