Nine variations and a coda on the theme of an evolutionary definition of dysfunction
UNSPECIFIED. (1999) Nine variations and a coda on the theme of an evolutionary definition of dysfunction. JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, 108 (3). pp. 412-420. ISSN 0021-843XFull text not available from this repository.
Nine variations on the theme of J. C. Wakefield's (1999) evolutionary definition of dysfunction show that the concept is not, as he claims, purely causal. It depends also on a teleological element of meaning introduced, in Wakefield's formulation, through an equivocation on the sense in which natural selection explains biological forms. The corollary (presented here briefly as a coda to the theme and variations) is that Wakefield's definition is not. as he also claims, value free. However, contra S. O. Lilienfeld and L. Marine (1995), this does not place diagnostic judgments of dysfunction outside the scope of science.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|Publisher:||AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC|
|Official Date:||August 1999|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 412-420|
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