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URL :  The Structure Of Common And Severe Psychopathology
Author : Michael Scott Chmielewski
Detail : eBook Edition: 2012

One of the main goals of research in clinical psychology is to enhance the understanding and conceptualization of psychopathology.  As such, it is essential that the model used to classify mental illness be as valid as possible.  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev; DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association, 2000) provides the current model of psychopathology.  However, there has been growing dissatisfaction with the current version of the DSM and there is an increasing view that the DSM taxonomy is scientifically unsound (Brown & Barlow, 2005; Watson & Clark, 2006; Widiger & Samuel, 2005).

The current study addresses the limitations of current quantitative models to create an expanded model of psychopathology that likely has increased validity. Structural analyses were conducted at both the syndromal level (which serves as a proxy for dimensional DSM diagnosis) and the symptom level in a large patient sample using both self-report and interview data. A three-factor model, containing Internalizing, Externalizing, and Psychoticism/Oddity dimensions emerged across both sets of analyses. The emergence of this model at both the syndromal and symptom level provides strong evidence that a third higher order Psychoticism/Oddity dimension is necessary for a more complete model of psychopathology. The association of these dimensions with normal personality traits and other external correlates also was examined and implications for the conceptualization and structure of psychopathology are discussed.(From Author)

eBook Contents


Introduction - Current Study - General Methods -  Syndromal Structure - Symptom Structure - Discussion

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