Individual Differences

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  • Created by: tiacoles
  • Created on: 23-03-16 20:00


DSM is the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic of Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It contains all known mental health disorders and offers a multiaxial classification: 

  • Individuals rated on multiple axes using diagnostic categories.
  • Diagnosis is now more concrete and descriptive.
  • Classifications help new information about a disorder to be acquired and this can help in treatments and medication.
  • This however is criticised as stigmatising people and ignoring uniqueness and using artificial groups.

Rosenhan - psychiatric classification can be inaccurate

Method 1: Field study using 8 normal people who tried to be admitted


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