A Comparative Study on Mental Disorder Conceptualization: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis

Jerotić, Stefan and Ignjatović, Natalija and Marić P, Nadja and Nešić, Janko and Jovandić, Željko and Latas, Milan and Nestorović, Milica and Jevtović, Milica and Awais, Aftab (2024) A Comparative Study on Mental Disorder Conceptualization: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis. Community Mental Health Journal.

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The conceptualization of mental disorders varies among professionals, impacting diagnosis, treatment, and research. This cross-disciplinary study aimed to understand how various professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, medical students, philosophers, and social sciences experts, perceive mental disorders, their attitudes towards the disease status of certain mental states, and their emphasis on biological versus social explanatory attributions. A survey of 371 participants assessed their agreement on a variety of conceptual statements and the relative influence of biological or social explanatory attribution for different mental states. Our findings revealed a consensus on the need for multiple explanatory perspectives in understanding psychiatric conditions and the influence of social, cultural, moral, and political values on diagnosis and classification. Psychiatrists demonstrated balanced bio-social explanatory attributions for various mental conditions, indicating a potential shift from the biological attribution predominantly observed among medical students and residents in psychiatry. Further research into factors influencing these differing perspectives is necessary

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conceptualization · Disorder · Disease status · Biological attribution · Social attribution
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: D. Arsenijević
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2024 09:06
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 09:06
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/2274

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