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THE RELIEABILTY AND VALIDITY OF THE DSM


reliability
Stinchfeild studied the diagnosis of pathological gamblers they used a questionnaire
taking criteria from the DSM and were able to sort the non-gamblers from the gamblers.
Suggesting the DSM is reliable.

Brown looked at the DSM IV, following anxiety and mood disorders…

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HOWEVER... K&K'S WEAKNESSES
Goldstein didn't use interviews or questionnaires. She
used other people's research, secondary data and
found reliability k&k doesn't apply to all studies.

Brown's study was conducted in an outpatient's clinic.
Stinchfield's study of gamblers took place in a
gamblers clinic these studies are ecologically valid so k&k…

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Reliable valid

Consistent diagnosis valid
Takes into account cultural boundaries and edits the
DSM accordingly valid

What type of validity does the DSM have?

CONSTRUCT mental disorders must be operationalized; lists of symptoms and
behaviours clearly defined making the disorder measurable.

ETIOLOGICAL if a group of people have been diagnosed…

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Reductionist The DSM looks at the different parts of the
problems rather than the problem on a whole.
Self-fulfilling If you are looking for a problem and
symptoms you will try and fit them into a category and wrongly
diagnosis




Plan for an essay on reliability and validity of the…

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