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OHPR Abstract 29

Abstract 1980-1989

Rothblum ED, Solomon LJ, Albee GW. A sociopolitical perspective of DSM-III. Millon, Theodore (Ed); Klerman, Gerald L. (Ed). (1986). Contemporary directions in psychopathology: Toward the DSM-IV. (pp. 167-189). xiv, 737pp.

(from the chapter) [consider the] Mental Disorders-III (DSM-III) largely from a social and political perspective / begin by contrasting individual versus societal models of causation for psychopathology / next . . . discuss the prevalence and duration of mental disorders and the nature of the populations so afflicted / then focus on several unfortunate aspects of diagnosis including (a) the evidence that the current diagnostic system is a reflection of sociocultural developments rather than scientific data, (b) evidence of the harmful and iatrogenic consequences of a pathology-based classification system in the field, and (c) the tendency for research funding to follow the establishment of diagnostic categories examine the removal from DSM-III of the diagnostic category of homosexuality as a mental disorder and the inclusion of the diagnostic category of ego-dystonic homosexuality to illustrate political factors in operation in this classification system societal values and diagnosis / the harmful consequences of labeling / antisocial behavior as psychiatric illness / psychiatric diagnosis as an instrument of control

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