The influence of the power of psychiatrists involved in the construction process of autism in the DSM (1952-2013)

Munnich, Q.D.D.M. (2017) The influence of the power of psychiatrists involved in the construction process of autism in the DSM (1952-2013).

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Abstract:The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) is a classification system for mental disorders (Cosgrove & Krimsky, 2012). In the development process of the description of mental disorders in the DSM are multiple professionals of different medical and mental health disciplines involved, for example: psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatrics, nurses and social workers (APA, 2017). Their primary interest is to help people with a mental disorder achieve the correct diagnosis. However, it is assumed that some professionals in the construction process of mental disorders in the DSM could also have secondary interests, because they have direct financial ties with the pharmaceutical industry. The aim of this thesis is to investigate to what extent the power of psychiatrists influences the construction process of mental disorders in the DSM. The result of this research is that there is a correlation between power and the realization of interests, because an increase in the power of psychiatrists aligned with an increase in the realization of interests of the psychiatrists from the DSM I till the DSM IV. Thus, it seems likely that the power of psychiatrists has had an influence on the changes in the construction of autism as a mental disorder in the DSM from 1952-2013.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73430
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