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The New Generation of Diagnostic Manuals (Dsm-Iii, Dsm-Iii-r aNd Dsm-Iv) : an Overvi Ew an d a pHenomenologically Based Critique

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Given the extraordinary influence of the DSM-III and its successors, the DSM-III-R and the DSM-IV, it behooves humanistically oriented practitioners to appraise these new manuals most carefully. Toward this end, we discuss the goals that have guided the manuals' development and provide an overview of their basic structure. This is followed by a phenomenologically based critique, evaluating the claim that these manuals are "descriptive" and "atheoretical." We conclude with a discussion of five guiding principles for phenomenological diagnosis and assessment.

Affiliations: 1: Seattle University; 2: Seattle, Washington


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