The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) Is Not an Improvement Over the DSM

Gerald Haeffel*, Bertus F. Jeronimus, Aaron J Fisher, Bonnie N. Kaiser, Lesley Jo Weaver, Ivan Vargas, Jason T. Goodson, Peter Soyster, Wei Lu

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DeYoung and colleagues did not sufficiently address three fundamental flaws with HiTOP. First, HiTOP was created using a simple structure factor analytic approach, which does not adequately represent the dimensional space of the symptoms of psychopathology. Consequently, HiTOP is not the empirical structure of psychopathology. Second, factor analysis and dimensional ratings do not fix the problems inherent to descriptive (folk) classification; self-reported symptoms are still the basis upon which clinical judgments about people are made. Finally, HiTOP is not ready to use in real-world clinical settings. There is currently no empirical evidence demonstrating that clinicians who use HiTOP have better clinical outcomes than those who use the DSM. In sum, HiTOP is a factor analytic variation of the DSM that does not get us closer to a more valid and useful taxonomy.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)285-290
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftClinical Psychological Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - 2022

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