Should DSM-V include dimensional diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders?

John E. Helzer, Kathleen K. Bucholz, Laura Jean Bierut, Darrel A. Regier, Marc A. Schuckit, Sarah E. Guth

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Abstract

This program calls attention to the upcoming timetable for the revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-IV and the publication of DSM-V. It is vitally important for Research Society of Alcoholism members to be aware of the current discussions of the important scientific questions related to the next DSM revision and to use the opportunity for input. The title of the symposium highlights 1 key question, i.e., whether the DSM definitions should remain strictly categorical as in the past or whether a dimensional component should be included in this revision. Two substantive and 1 conceptual paper are included in this portion of the symposium. The fourth and final presentation detailing the revision timetable and the opportunities for input is by Dr. Darrel Regier. Dr. Regier is the director of American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education the research and education branch of the American Psychiatric Association and the organization within the APA that will oversee the DSM revision. The discussion is by Marc Schuckit, who was chair of the Substance Use disorders (SUD) Committee for DSM-IV and cochair of the international group of experts reviewing the SUD definitions for DSM-V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-310
Number of pages8
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Categorical Criteria
  • DSM
  • Diagnosis
  • Dimensional Approaches

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