Discuss issues of reliability and validity associated with the classification and diagnosis of schizophrenia. (8+16)

An A grade essay I wrote for the 'issues of reliability and validity' topic within achizophrenia. Feel free to use as an example. ; )

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Amira Lakhouane




Discuss issues of reliability and validity associated with the classification and
diagnosis of schizophrenia. (8+16 marks)

Two of the most important classificatory systems for mental disorders, including
schizophrenia, are the `Diagnostic and Statistical Manual' (DSM-IV) and the
`International Classification of Diseases' (ICD-10).

For any diagnostic system to work…

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Amira Lakhouane




the normal and the abnormal under more typical circumstances. Further, the ethical
issue of `deception' was committed as the staff were deceived, therefore limiting the
extent to which the study was ethically appropriate.

The second issue concerns validity; which means that a diagnostic system assesses
what it claims…

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Amira Lakhouane




psychiatrist. Incidentally, the validity of the diagnosis of schizophrenia may be
limited due to high accounts of a Western cultural bias.

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