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Introduction to the special section on the concept of disorder
Journal of Abnormal Psychology (1999)
  • Lee Anna Clark, University of Iowa

Despite the absence of a consensual definition of disorder, considerable research and clinical work is based on the categorization and diagnosis of mental disorder. This article introduces a special section of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology that expands the debate between J. C. Wakefield (1999), who has proposed a "harmful dysfunction" analysis of disorder and S. O. Lilienfeld and L. Marino (1995, 1999), who offer an alternative "Roschian" or prototype analysis. This introduction summarizes the main arguments of Wakefield's target article and eight critiques and discusses the conceptual value of the debate, especially an integration of diverse viewpoints and stimulation to further consideration of this important topic. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

  • evolutionary analysis & critique on concept of disorder
Publication Date
August, 1999
Citation Information
Lee Anna Clark. "Introduction to the special section on the concept of disorder" Journal of Abnormal Psychology Vol. 108 Iss. 3 (1999)
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