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Beutler, Larry E., and Mary L. Malik. Rethinking the DSM: A Psychological Perspective. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2002. Offers some critiques of the DSM, the dominant diagnostic framework used in the United States. Castillo, Richard J. Culture and Mental Illness: A Client-Centered Approach. Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole, 1997. Discusses how cultural issues fit into the diagnostic process and the understanding of mental health and illness.
Seligman, Linda. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling. 2d ed. New York: Plenum Press, 1996. Connections between diagnosis and treatment planning are highlighted in this text, with case examples for illustration. Shea, Shawn Christopher. Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding— A Practical Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, and Other Mental Health Professionals. 2d ed. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 1998. The skills of interviewing as a means of establishing a therapeutic relationship and the basis for forming diagnostic impressions are reviewed from a perspective that is useful for a variety of mental health practitioners. Also allows nonprofessionals to see how interviewing is structured and leads to diagnoses. Simeonsson, Rune J., and Susan L. Rosenthal, eds. Psychological and Developmental Assessment: Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions. New
York: Guilford Press, 2001. This text focuses on issues important to the diagnosis of mental health and other behavioral disorders in children.
Trzepacz, Paula T., and Robert W. Baker. Psychiatric Mental Status Examination. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. The mental status examination is one of the foundations of any psychiatric diagnosis. This book describes these procedures for assessing the appearance, activity level, mood, speech, and other behavioral characteristics of individuals under evaluation.
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See also: Madness: Historical Concepts; Psychopathology; Survey Research:
Questionnaires and Interviews.
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