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Commentary on Jonathan Raskin’s ‘What might an alternative to the DSM suitable for psychotherapists look like?’

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Issue number3
Volume59
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)376-384
Publication statusPublished
Early online date11/08/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Many mental health practitioners find it necessary to use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for insurance purposes but are unhappy with its basic assumptions. This raises the question—Would it be possible to devise a new classification system that (1) could be used for insurance purposes and (2) would be based on alternative principles? In the main, this commentary is pessimistic. Through considering the history of attempts to devise alternatives to the DSM, I will argue that it would be extremely difficult to develop an alternative to the DSM that could be used to fund psychotherapy via health care insurance in the United States.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 59 (3), 2019, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Humanistic Psychology page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jhp on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/