November 1969

Antisocial and DyssocialEntities or Shibboleths?

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the University of Southern California, Institute of Psychiatry and Law, Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(5):561-567. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740230049007

ONE OF the recent changes introduced by the committee on nomenclature and statistics of the American Psychiatric Association: (APA) was to more clearly delineate the antisocial and dyssocial categories. Whereas the former Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)1 held these two categories to be equally distinct subtypes of a larger group of sociopathic personality disorders, the new DSM (ed 2)2 considers only the antisocial group as a subtype of personality disorders; the dyssocial group was moved into a newly-formed division of the manual named ``Conditions Without Manifest Psychiatric Disorder and Non-specific Conditions.'' These changes represent a big step from the previous concept which viewed these two categories to be on the same hierarchical level of organization; what was seen as a distinct and easilyrecognizable personality type of ``dyssocial reaction'' is now to be referred to as ques

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