Utilities and fixed diagnostic rules: Comments on Finn

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S. Finn (see record 1982-30494-001) criticized the use of fixed diagnostic rules by the DSM-III, arguing that fixed diagnostic rules interfere with optimal treatment decisions. His suggestion to conflate diagnosis and other treatment variables would effectively muddle diagnoses to the point that they would lose all value as theoretical constructs and would have little reliability across clinician or time. DSM-III, on the other hand, increases communication between researcher and clinician and presents an efficient, effective paradigm for treatment decisions. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-498
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1983


  • utilities & use of fixed diagnostic rules by DSM-III, criticism of S. Finn's study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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