DSM categories and dimensions in clinical and research contexts
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
Volume 16, Issue S1, pages S8–S15, June 2007
How to Cite
Kraemer, H. C. (2007), DSM categories and dimensions in clinical and research contexts. Int. J. Methods Psychiatr. Res., 16: S8–S15. doi: 10.1002/mpr.211
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2007
An enhancement to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) is currently under consideration, one that would enhance both the reliability and validity of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) diagnoses: the addition of a dimensional adjunct to each of the traditional categorical diagnoses of the DSM. We first review the history and context of this proposal and define the concepts on which this dimensional proposal is based. The advantages of dimensional measures over categorical measures have long been known, but we here illustrate what is known with a theoretical and a practical demonstration of the potential effects of this addition. Possible objections to the proposal are discussed, concluding with some general criteria for implementing this proposal. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.