Problems for the Book of Problems? Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders Among Youth
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2010
© 2010 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 265–271, December 2010
How to Cite
Kendall, P. C. and Drabick, D. A. G. (2010), Problems for the Book of Problems? Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders Among Youth. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17: 265–271. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2010.01218.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2010
- Received December 18, 2009; revised March 15, 2010; accepted March 25, 2010.
- childhood disorders;
- child mental health diagnosis;
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 17: 265–271, 2010]
As an introduction to the Special Issue that includes a series of articles on comorbid mental health conditions among youth, some issues pertinent to the diagnostic system are considered. The discussion of illustrative issues that affect the diagnoses of mental health problems among youth includes reminders to consider the source, the time frame, what’s normal, the situation, the data, and the effect of changing diagnostic criteria. We support the DSM and ICD efforts to continue to develop as instruments by relying on the data.