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

Shane J. Lopez, Lisa M. Edwards, Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Ellie C. Prosser, Stephanie LaRue, Susan Vehige Spalitto, Jon C. Ulven

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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-IVs 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • Applied Psychology

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    Lopez, S. J., Edwards, L. M., Pedrotti, J. T., Prosser, E. C., LaRue, S., Spalitto, S. V., & Ulven, J. C. (2006). Beyond the DSM-IV: Assumptions, alternatives, and alterations. Journal of Counseling and Development, 84(3), 259-267.