Kaplan's view of DSM-III: The data revisited

Thomas A. Widiger, Michael T. Nietzel

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Comments on M. Kaplan's assertions of sexist biases in DSM-III, arguing that her reasoning is fallacious but persuasive because of its evocative appeal. It is further argued that Kaplan misinterpreted data reported by I. Broverman et al, which she acknowledged as the only source of empirical support for her arguments. It is contended that Kaplan's claim that there is sexism because more women than men receive certain diagnoses (e.g., histrionic, dependent) indicates her confusion of the etiology of a possible sex-related disorder with the issue of sexism in the diagnostic criteria. (7 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1320
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1984


  • sexist biases in DSM-III, comments on article by M. Kaplan

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  • General Psychology


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