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date: 09 May 2021

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This chapter deals with the classification and diagnosis of psychopathology in children and adolescents. An overview is given of the most prevalent mental health problems in youth that can be classified according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Methods are then described that can be employed to classify psychopathology in youth in terms of DSM nomenclature. Next, the pros and cons of the DSM classification system are discussed, after which a number of alternative ways that can be employed to classify psychopathology are addressed. These include the Research Domain Criteria framework and the complex network approach.

Keywords: classification and diagnosis, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Research Domain Criteria, complex network approaches, DSM, RDoC, psychopathology, youth

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