Issues in Psychological Classifications: Reliability, Validity & Labeling


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Who introduced modern psychological classification?

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1. How are psychological disorders classified?

2. John goes to one doctor and is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and then goes to another doctor who diagnoses him with bipolar disorder. This is a problem within what type of reliability?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How well do you understand modern psychological classification? This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the issues and vocabulary of this practice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions on the following:

  • Who introduced modern psychological classification
  • How psychological disorders are grouped
  • Problems with diagnoses
  • Why some people question the validity of classification

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the varying viewpoints on mental illness to review the problems some people see in classification
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the reliability of diagnoses in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the grouping of psychological disorders

Additional Learning

The associated lesson, Issues in Psychological Classifications: Reliability, Validity & Labeling, provides more detail about this subject. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define classification and trace its evolution
  • Examine reliability issues in psychological classification
  • Differentiate between the types of reliability issues