Beyond the DSM-IV: assumptions, alternatives, and alterations

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From: Journal of Counseling and Development(Vol. 84, Issue 3)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,269 words
Lexile Measure: 1520L

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Current diagnostic processes reflect the limitations and utility of the framework of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.; DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Clinical information in the DSM-IV's 5-axis system almost exclusively focuses on weaknesses and pathology and is summarized in a flawed categorical system. Hence, the authors describe 3 adjunctive, or alternative, means of conceptualizing behavior; several means of altering the current DSM-IV system; and 2 future directions in the diagnosis of strengths.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A149022986