Dimensional Approaches in Diagnostic Classification: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-V

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From our regular book review column.

Dimensional Approaches in Diagnostic Classification, by Helzer and colleagues, has a timely focus on refining the research agenda for DSM-V, advocating a stronger dimensional emphasis to our categorically structured current DSM-IV. The book was published in 2008 with a selection of articles that were originally published in the International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research in 2007. The articles reported the proceedings of a conference sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, World Health Organization, and National Institutes of Health entitled “The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Refining the Research Agenda.”

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(7):1060-1061