The APA classification of mental disorders: Future perspectives

Darrel A. Regier, William E. Narrow, Michael B. First, Tina Marshall

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After 8-10 years of experience with the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) and the tenth edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), it is an ideal time to begin looking at the clinical and research consequences of these diagnostic systems. The American Psychiatric Association, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, has initiated a research development process intended to accelerate an evaluation of existing criteria while developing and testing hypotheses that would improve the validity of our diagnostic concepts. Over the past year, a multidisciplinary, international panel has developed a series of six white papers which define research opportunities in the following broad areas: Nomenclature, Disability and Impairment, Personality Disorders, Relational Disorders, Developmental Psychopathology, Neuroscience, and Cross-Cultural aspects of Psychopathology. Recommendations for future national and international research in each of these areas will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 9 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • APA classification
  • Mental disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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