• A good classification system, in addition to being reliable, must be easy to use. This report examines the difficulties raters encountered in using DSM-III to diagnose 24 child and adolescent psychiatric case histories. Overall, the raters reported few difficulties. They consistently preferred DSM-III over DSM-II as the more useful diagnostic system. In summarizing the results of the entire four-part study, we conclude that DSM-III, with additional refinement, gives promise of being a very usable and reliable classification system for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.
Cantwell DP, Mattison R, Russell AT, Will L. A Comparison of DSM-II and DSM-III in the Diagnosis of Childhood Psychiatric DisordersIV. Difficulties in Use, Global Comparison, and Conclusions. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(11):1227-1228. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780110081010