What Can Be Learned From Taxometric Analyses?
Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 528–533, December 2001
How to Cite
Widiger, T. A. (2001), What Can Be Learned From Taxometric Analyses?. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8: 528–533. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.8.4.528
- Issue online: 11 MAY 2006
- Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received February 13, 2001; accepted March 15, 2001.
Taxometric analyses can be useful in indicating that a particular set of beliefs, attitudes, feelings, or behaviors have coherence as manifest class taxa. However, there is little reason to believe that taxometric analyses identify latent class taxa with specific etiologies, pathologies, or treatment implications. Taxometric analyses can, in fact, be quite misleading if their results are taken too seriously. Mental disorders are most likely the result of polygenetic dispositions and multifactorial etiologies. The optimal understanding of the etiology, pathology, and treatment of mental disorders is more likely to be multifactorial than taxonic.