The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders in graduate social work education: then and now

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Date: Spring-Summer 2007
From: Journal of Social Work Education(Vol. 43, Issue 2)
Publisher: Council On Social Work Education
Document Type: Author abstract; Disease/Disorder overview
Length: 4,584 words
Lexile Measure: 1400L

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Social workers recognize the necessity of using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM; American Psychiatric Association) but question its compatibility with social work education. The data in this study were compared with the data from P. R. Raffoul and K. A. Holmes (1986) regarding the extent to which the DSM was included in graduate social work programs. The authors' findings show that since 1986, schools have increased DSM content. Although educators continue to express concern about conflicts with the DSM, they also appreciate its usefulness in diagnosis and treatment planning. It is recommended that DSM be taught in human behavior courses and that social workers have a stronger voice in the process of DSM revision.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A166091812