Definitions and Diagnoses: A Brief Response to Morey and McNamara

Thomas A. Widiger, Allen Frances

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Morey and McNamara (1987) provided a thoughtful discussion of Widiger, Frances, Warner, and Bluhm (1986). The distinctions between definitions and diagnoses, prototypal and classical categories, and artifactual and natural concepts do have important implications for the classification and validation of the personality disorders. In this brief response, we clarify our position with respect to these issues and offer further considerations and discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-287
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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