Use of a Category System in the Diagnosis of Abnormal Personality

Walton, H. J.; Presly, A. S.
March 1973
British Journal of Psychiatry;Mar73, Vol. 122 Issue 568, p259
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the use of a category system in diagnosing abnormal personalities. Psychiatrists were found to agree about the severity of the disorder in less than half of the patients they rated. Similarly unreliable was the diagnosis of the type of disorder. Psychiatrists over-used the diagnosis hysterical for women, while reserving passive sociopathy for men. A list of five categories effectively served to classify most patients, referring to dependent, schizoid, hysterical, obsessional and passive sociopathy.


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