Measuring Psychopathology

Paperback | February 1, 2002

byAnne Farmer, Peter McGuffin, Julie Williams

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Measuring Psychopathology describes the methods by which the signs and symptoms of mental disorder are elicited, examined and evaluated.Written for the non-clinical researcher as well as for those with clinical experience, the authors start by considering the question 'what is psychopathology?' They then employ a historical perspective to explain why and how mental disorders are currently classified, and how the use of anoperational approach to diagnosis was adopted. The use of operational criteria to define psychiatric disorder has facilitated the development of standardised interviewing techniques, questionnaires and rating scales. These tools are all covered in some detail, not only with regard to adults withmental disorders, but also with reference to special and challenging groups such as children and the elderly, and those with a learning disability, substance misuse, or who have a personality disorder.The strengths and weaknesses of current methodologies are explored and debated as well as the future diagnostic needs for research in the 21st century.Essential reading for clinicians and non-clinical scientists engaged in research on psychiatric disorders, trainees and junior psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists.

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Measuring Psychopathology describes the methods by which the signs and symptoms of mental disorder are elicited, examined and evaluated.Written for the non-clinical researcher as well as for those with clinical experience, the authors start by considering the question 'what is psychopathology?' They then employ a historical perspectiv...

Anne Farmer and Peter McGuffin are at the SGDP Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park. Julie Williams is in the Division of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.53 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192630806

ISBN - 13:9780192630803

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Table of Contents

1. What is psychopathology2. Describing symptoms and signs3. Defining and classifying disorders4. Validity, reliability and utility5. Diagnostic interviews6. Polydiagnostic approaches, computerised methods and best estimate diagnoses7. Rating scales: screening, observer and self rating questionnaires8. Measuring psychopathology in specific subject groups9. Personality and personality disorders10. Psychopathology in the Twenty-First CenturyReferencesAppendix: websites for further information