On Validators for Psychiatric Categories





psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric validator


The concept of a “validator” as a unit of evidence for the validity of a psychiatric category has been important for more than fifty years. Validator evidence is aggregated by expert committees (for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), these are referred to as “workgroups”), which use the results to make nosological decisions. Through an examination of the recent history of psychiatric research, this paper argues that it is time to reassess this traditional practice. It concludes with specific suggestions for going forward.


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How to Cite

Solomon, M. (2022). On Validators for Psychiatric Categories. Philosophy of Medicine, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/pom.2022.74



Original Research Articles (philosophy of psychiatry)