Network Analysis: An Integrative Approach to the Structure of Psychopathology - summary of an article by Borsboom and Cramer (2013)

Critical thinkingArticle: Borsboom, D. and Cramer, A, O, J. (2013)Network Analysis: An Integrative Approach to the Structure of Psychopathologydoi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050212-185608 The current dominant paradigm of the disease model of psychopathology is problematic.Current handling of psychopathology data is predicated on traditional psychometric approaches that are the technical mirror of of this paradigm.In these approaches, observables (clinical symptoms) are explained by means of a small set of latent variables, just like symptoms are explained by disorders.From this psychometric perspective, symptoms are regarded as measurements of a disorder, and in accordance, symptoms are aggregated in a total score that reflects a person’s stance on that latent variable.The dominant paradigm is not merely a matter of theoretical choice, but also of methodological and pragmatic necessity.In this review, we argue that complex network approaches, which are currently being developed at the crossroads of various scientific fields, have the potential to provide a way of thinking about disorders that does justice to their complex organisation.In such approaches, disorders are conceptualized as systems of causally connected symptoms rather than as effects of a latent disorder.Using network analysis techniques, such systems can be represented, analysed, and studied in their full complexity.In addition, network modeling has the philosophical advantage of dropping the unrealistic idea that symptoms of a single disorder share a...

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WSRt, critical thinking - a summary of all articles needed in the fourth block of second year psychology at the uva


This is a summary of the articles and reading materials that are needed for the fourth block in the course WSR-t. This course is given to second year psychology students at the Uva. The course is about thinking critically about how scientific research is done and how this

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