Alternatives to DSM-5 Suitable for Therapists (Advance Online Publication)

Cover of Journal of Humanistic PsychologyRecent research suggests that psychologists and counselors are dissatisfied with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, and open to seeing the development of alternatives to it. Any alternative suitable for psychotherapists must meet certain requirements. A successful alternative must (a) place psychosocial factors on equal footing with biological factors; (b) categorize problems, not people; (c) be scientifically grounded; (d) be collaboratively developed; and (e) be usable across orientations, professions, and constituencies.

Psychologist Attitudes about DSM-5 Paper Available as Advance Online Publication

home_coverMy coauthored article with Mike Gayle on psychologist attitudes toward the DSM-5 is now available as an advance online publication. Check it out.

Reference

Raskin, J. D., & Gayle, M. C. (2015). DSM-5: Do psychologists really want an alternative? Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0022167815577897

Abstract

Only two published studies, both from the early 1980s, have specifically examined psychologist attitudes toward the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The current article rectifies this by presenting the results of a recent survey of attitudes toward the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5. Though the DSM has changed over the years, psychologist attitudes toward it have remained remarkably consistent. Although more than 90% of psychologists report using the DSM, they are dissatisfied with numerous aspects of it and support developing alternatives to it—something that psychologists over 30 years ago supported, as well. The finding that almost all psychologists use the DSM despite serious concerns about it raises ethical issues because professionals are ethically bound to only use instruments in which they are scientifically confident.