Aude Béliard publishes this chapter in a book entitled Measuring Mental Disorders. Psychiatry, Science and Society” (ISTE Press, 2018), which is edited by P. Le Moigne.
Standardized scales and tests have become the rule in the diagnosis of mental disorders in both psychiatry and psychology. However, rarely do we question the origins and fundamental principles of these tests, the reasons for their spread, and their impact on the lives of patients. From the perspective of the social sciences, Measuring Mental Disorders: Psychiatry, Science and Society intends to answer these questions.