Learning Objectives

  1. Compare major definitions of abnormality proposed in the field of clinical psychology.
  2. Describe the evolution of the DSM from its first edition to the current DSM-5.
  3. List noteworthy changes that were implemented in DSM-5.
  4. Evaluate criticisms of DSM-5.
  5. Explain how the dimensional approach differs from the categorical approach of diagnosis and classification used by the DSM.