DSM-V from the perspective of the DSM-IV experience
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2007
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: International Journal of Eating Disorders Special Supplement on Diagnosis and Classification
Volume 40, Issue S3, pages S3–S7, November 2007
How to Cite
Walsh, B. T. (2007), DSM-V from the perspective of the DSM-IV experience. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: S3–S7. doi: 10.1002/eat.20397
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 APR 2007
- anorexia nervosa;
- bulimia nervosa;
- binge eating disorder
This article provides a brief overview of the development of the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders in DSM-IV.
The process by which DSM-IV was developed is reviewed, including perspectives on what constitutes diagnostic validity and clinical utility, and their importance in assessing proposed changes in diagnostic criteria.
The question of whether alterations in diagnostic criteria would clearly improve clinical utility was a major consideration in the DSM-IV process. Because of concerns that changes in diagnostic criteria would be disruptive and might entail loss of established knowledge, the DSM-IV Task Force assumed a generally conservative stance vis-à-vis change.
The process of developing DSM-V is just beginning, and it is far from clear what alterations in diagnostic criteria for eating disorders will occur. However, the evolution of DSM-IV may provide a useful perspective on the development of DSM-V. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2007.