The concept of mental disorder. On the boundary between biological facts and social values.

@article{Wakefield1992TheCO,
  title={The concept of mental disorder. On the boundary between biological facts and social values.},
  author={J. Wakefield},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={1992},
  volume={47 3},
  pages={
          373-88
        }
}
  • J. Wakefield
  • Published 1992
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American psychologist
  • Although the concept of mental disorder is fundamental to theory and practice in the mental health field, no agreed on and adequate analysis of this concept currently exists. I argue that a disorder is a harmful dysfunction, wherein harmful is a value term based on social norms, and dysfunction is a scientific term referring to the failure of a mental mechanism to perform a natural function for which it was designed by evolution. Thus, the concept of disorder combines value and scientific… CONTINUE READING
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