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William W. Eaton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.001.0001

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Assessment of Distress, Disorder, Impairment, and Need in the Population

Assessment of Distress, Disorder, Impairment, and Need in the Population

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(p.60) (p.61) 4 Assessment of Distress, Disorder, Impairment, and Need in the Population
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Public Mental Health
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William W. Eaton

Ramin Mojtabai

Elizabeth A. Stuart

Jeannie-Marie S. Leoutsakos

S. Janet Kuramoto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0004

This chapter deals with the measurement of psychopathology, with an emphasis on population-based life course approaches. Assessment of mental and behavioral disorders is more difficult than measurement in many areas of medicine, because of the lack of simple and valid biological markers for the presence of mental and behavioral disorders. In effect, the measurement must always involve talking to individuals or observing their behaviors in ways that can be described to others and replicated by them if necessary, consistent with the scientific method.

Keywords:   measurement, psychopathology, population-based studies, mental disorders

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