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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2014 Aug;64(8):315-21. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1370956. Epub 2014 May 16.

[What do psychologists think about classificatory diagnostics: the WHO-IUPsyS-survey in Germany and Switzerland in preparation for the ICD-11].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Psychologisches Institut, Psychopathologie und Klinische Intervention, Universität Zürich, Schweiz.
  • 2Weltgesundheitsorganisation, Abteilung Seelische Gesundheit und Substanzmissbrauch, Genf, Schweiz.
  • 3Internationale Vereinigung für wissenschaftliche Psychologie, Kapstadt, Südafrika.



For the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) attitudes of psychologists towards classificatory diagnostics should be considered.


A survey was conducted via the Internet in 22 countries. 1985 psychologists participated with N=170 from Germany and N=37 from Switzerland.


The German participants preferred the ICD. Classificatory diagnostics should inform on treatment as well as serve for communication. The majority argued for a flexible use and guidance towards strict criteria. In contrast to respondents from other countries, a functional status as part of the diagnostic criteria was not considered but in line with them, a dimensional component was endorsed.


Responses of the German psychologists partially differ to those of participants from other countries. Differences and implications are discussed.

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