This chapter deals with the measurement of psychopathology, with an emphasis on population-based life course approaches. Assessment of mental and behavioral disorders is more difficult than measurement in many areas of medicine, because of the lack of simple and valid biological markers for the presence of mental and behavioral disorders. In effect, the measurement must always involve talking to individuals or observing their behaviors in ways that can be described to others and replicated by them if necessary, consistent with the scientific method.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Public Mental Health|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Sep 20 2012|
- Mental disorders
- Population-based studies
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