Gender Stereotypes in Diagnostic Criteria

  • Alisha Ali
  • Paula J. Caplan
  • Rachel Fagnant


The purposes of this chapter are to dispel the myth that psychiatric diagnosis is value free and based on sound scientific evidence and to show how the client’s sex and the therapist’s biases about gender often fill parts of the vacuum left by the absence of science when therapists attempt to identify, categorize, and label people’s emotional suffering.


Borderline Personality Disorder American Psychiatric Association Personality Disorder Antisocial Personality Disorder Gender Bias 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alisha Ali
    • 1
  • Paula J. Caplan
    • 2
  • Rachel Fagnant
    • 3
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Metropolitan Council on Jewish PovertyNew YorkUSA

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