Comorbidity: Meanings and Mechanisms
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 100–103, June 1994
How to Cite
Rutter, M. (1994), Comorbidity: Meanings and Mechanisms. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 1: 100–103. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.1994.tb00012.x
- Issue published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Received March 3, 1994.
Comorbidity, meaning the co-occurrence of two supposedly separate conditions at above chance levels, provides a most important research opportunity. It requires a rigorous examination of diagnostic concepts and a systematic critical testing of those concepts. Such testing may shed much needed light on risk mechanisms. Four issues that have given rise to misunderstanding in this connection are discussed: definitions of terms, diagnostic validity, reassessment and research strategies.