The Predictive Value of Grouping Schizoaffective Psychoses Together with Affective Psychoses: Jaspers’ Hierarchical Rule Revised

  • D. von Zerssen
  • M. Zaudig
  • C. Cording
  • H.-J. Möller
  • H.-U. Wittchen

Abstract

It is inherent in the nature of mental disorders that a clear grouping according to distinct entities is not possible (see von Zerssen 1986a). This problem is particularly prominent in the area of personality disorders, neuroses, abnormal stress reactions, and other “minor” disorders, but it is also present within the range of functional psychoses. This has implications for research as well as for clinical practice; e.g., how useful is the diagnosis of a special subtype for therapeutic and prognostic purposes?

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. von Zerssen
    • 1
  • M. Zaudig
    • 1
  • C. Cording
    • 2
  • H.-J. Möller
    • 3
  • H.-U. Wittchen
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für PsychiatrieMünchen 40Germany
  2. 2.Bezirkskrankenhaus RegensburgRegensburgGermany
  3. 3.Universitäts-NervenklinikBonn 1Germany

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