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Soc Sci Med. 1992 Jul;35(1):81-90.

DSM-III-R and religion.

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Center for Biomedical Ethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106.


The interpretation of religion in DSM-III-R contains considerable negative bias and contributes to unfair stereotypes of religious persons. Particularly new religious movements and religious conversion are unfairly interpreted under the DSM-III-R heading, 'Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified'. It is suggested that a more balanced and respectful interpretation of religion is needed in DSM-III-R, since psychiatry through its official nomenclature should not contribute to social intolerance of religious nonconformity.

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