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- Published on Sunday, 22 July 2012 15:59
- Written by Lara Landis
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Two members of the DSM-5 personality disorders workgroup resigned earlier this summer. Roel Verheul and John Livesley wrote a letter of resignation that expressed their concerns. Doctor Allen Frances, the head of the DSM-IV task force, published parts of the letter in one of his recent Psychology Today blog posts.
Frances has criticized the process used to create the new edition of the DSM-5 severely. The British Psychological Society and part of the American Psychological Association joined in his condemnation of the new edition. ABC News released a story revealing that 90% of the members of the DSM-5 committee had ties to drug companies.
Verheul and Livesley echoed concerned brought upby Frances earlier. They criticized the committee for failing to follow scientific principles and failing to adopt an evidence based approach to correct the flaws in the personality disorders section of the DSM-5. The duo remained on the committee for several months. They hoped that the workgroup would adopt an evidence based approach.
DSM-5 committee members seem unconcerned about the defection. The book’s publication date of 2013 remains in place, despite growing concerns over its validity.