Comorbidity and Taxometrics
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 507–519, December 2001
How to Cite
Meehl, P. E. (2001), Comorbidity and Taxometrics. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8: 507–519. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.8.4.507
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received May 12, 2000; revised November 22, 2000; accepted December 3, 2000.
In the functional mental disorders, where conjointly definitive pathophysiology and etiology are unknown or nonexistent, a disease entity is specified syndromically, by the statistical relations of signs, symptoms, traits, tests, and other data. The very concept of co-morbidity becomes problematic, and its application to individual patients is difficult. Coherent cut kinetics, the taxometric method composed of multiple procedures (e.g., MAMBAC, MAXCOV, MAXSLOPE, MAXEIC, L-Mode) developed by Meehl and colleagues is a partial objective solution. The importance of the INKS condition, a concept from philosophy of science, is explained. Four situations of putative comorbidity are defined with explanations of how taxometric results would distinguish them.