DSM-IV Literature reviews: Rationale, process, and limitations

Thomas A. Widiger, Allen J. Frances, Harold Alan Pincus, Wendy W. Davis

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DSM-IV will benefit from the extensive research and interest in diagnosis generated in large part by DSM-III. The development of DSM-IV is proceeding through three stages of empirical documentation, including literature reviews, analysis of unpublished data sets, and field trials. This paper discusses the rationale, process, and limitations of the literature reviews. The purpose of the literature reviews is to provide and to document a comprehensive review of the clinical and empirical literature to facilitate objective and empirically based decisions. The review process is guided by the explicit and systematic methods developed within meta-analysis. Limitations of the reviews are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-202
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1990


  • DSM-IV
  • classification
  • diagnosis
  • meta-analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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