Rosenhan aims and context

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  • Rosenhan- Context and Aims
    • Aims
      • Rosenhan aimed to investigate whether psychiatrists could distinguish between people with mental illness.
      • Personality or situation determines diagnosis.
      • Labelling- behaviour judged in terms of mental illness
  • Rosenhan was interested in the diagnosis of mental disorders. Is it reliable or valid?
  • Problems with using DSM IV and ICD 10.
    • 2. Legal trails- where prosecution and defence disagree on sanity of the defendant.
    • 1. unable to use blood tests to determine mental illness- therefore subjective and open to interpretation.
    • 3. the nature of what is normal and abnormal.
  • 1. unable to use blood tests to determine mental illness- therefore subjective and open to interpretation.
  • Research
    • Szasz- suggest there is no objective way to define what is normal and abnormal.
    • Mental illness is a myth and only given diagnosis as behaviour does not conform.
      • Anti-psychiatry view

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