lec 6 - Lec 6 9/24/07 VII. Special focus: how good is...

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Lec 6 9/24/07 VII. Special focus: how good is diagnosis of mental illness? A. How do hospitals decide who is “really insane” and “really sane” VIII. Being sane in insane places: study 1 A. could hospitals distinguish “pseudo-patients” from “real” patients B. 8 sane ppl gained admission to 12 diff hospitals All came w/ same vague symptoms Lied about name and job Truth about all else in life All diagnosed w/ schizophrenia Given same treatment as others – strong drugs and everything C. results Sanity never recognized by docs or staff But, real patients knew Social expectation – hospitals expect to see mentally ill ppl Downside – accidentally admitted, will follow you for rest of life IX. Being sane in Insane Places: study 2 A. Hospitals were angry, felt tricked B. Researchers gave them another chance, challenged them to distinguish pseudo–patients from real patients for the next 3 months Rosenhan never sent any pseudo patients Hospitals detected 41 pseudo-patients C. Results
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