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Am J Psychiatry. 1999 Feb;156(2):321-3.

Attitudes toward DSM-IV dissociative disorders diagnoses among board-certified American psychiatrists.

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  • 1Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 02178, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors assessed the opinions of American psychiatrists regarding the diagnostic status and scientific validity of the DSM-IV categories of dissociative amnesia and dissociative identity disorder.

METHOD:

A one-page questionnaire was mailed to a random national sample of 367 board-certified American psychiatrists.

RESULTS:

Three hundred one responses were received-a rate of 82%. Only about one-third of respondents replied that dissociative amnesia and dissociative identity disorder should be included without reservations in DSM-IV; a larger proportion replied that these categories should be included only as proposed diagnoses. Only about one-quarter of respondents felt that diagnoses of dissociative amnesia and dissociative identity disorder were supported by strong evidence of scientific validity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Among board-certified American psychiatrists, there currently appears to be little consensus regarding the diagnostic status or scientific validity of dissociative amnesia and dissociative identity disorder.

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