The Deficit Model of pathology is presented in contrast to the traditional Medical Model and Behavioral Model. The structure of the Deficit Model as a Descriptive-Psychology formulation is given in some detail. Explanations of pathology are contrasted with the concept of pathology itself. The social, normative, judgmental, and relativistic aspects of pathology and pathology attributions are discussed. The conceptual structure of explanations of pathology is explicated and the relation of pathology to personal problems is discussed. The current psychiatric taxonomy, DSM III, is critically analyzed and the relation of the Deficit Model to the DSM III approach is analyzed. The value of classificatory schemes is discussed.
Linguistic Research Institute
87 pages; 10.44 x 7.81 inches
Ossorio, Peter G., "Pathology" (1983). Peter G. Ossorio Collection. 31.