This article provides an overview and critique of the field trials for the current revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). The purpose of the DSM-5 field trials was to evaluate the use, feasibility, safety, reliability, and validity of the DSM-5 proposals. In this article, the procedures for evaluating these properties of the DSM-5 are reviewed, and several concerns—such as delays, disorganization, missed deadlines, field trial cancelations, lack of adequate validity testing, and high clinician attrition rates—and their likely impact on the field trial results are presented.
Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Editor’s note: Proposed DSM-5 criteria sets do not represent the final DSM-5 criteria for the disorders.
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