Abstract

Debates about the concept of mental disorder involve social values, the medical model, and the sciences. It is generally agreed that the concept involves values, though how it does this continues to be disputed, and it is also recognized that the label of mental disorder or illness is stigmatizing. Wakefield's proposed definition of mental disorder in terms of harmful dysfunction locates the concept in an evolutionary theoretic framework. However, recent commentaries on Wakefield's analysis have suggested that research programs in evolutionary biology and psychology envisage a broader class of "treatable conditions" that may involve no dysfunction, and hence no disorder in this sense.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3303
Print ISSN
1071-6076
Pages
pp. 141-153
Launched on MUSE
2000-06-01
Open Access
No
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