The Adult-Developmental Diagnosis

  • Calvin A. Colarusso
  • Robert A. Nemiroff
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Developmental concepts alter the diagnostic process with adult patients because they influence the therapist’s attitude about the patient and his problems, the collection and recording of data, and the diagnosis and treatment formulations. Since our focus and aim are specific, we will not comment on many accepted aspects of standard diagnostic technique and suggest that the interested reader acquaint himself with such basic texts as The American Handbook of Psychiatry (Stevenson, 1965) or The Technique of Psychotherapy (Wolberg, 1967) for,such purposes. Furthermore, there is no single correct way to do a diagnosis evaluation and our method should be accepted as one approach that can be adapted by each therapist to his or her individual style.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvin A. Colarusso
    • 1
  • Robert A. Nemiroff
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of California-San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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