Rosenhan- Methodology

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  • Rosenhan- Methodology
    • method evaluation (covert observation)
      • ADV-  high in ecological validity real life setting. less D.C as ppts didn't know they were being studied.
      • Disadvantages- observer bias and method raises many ethical issues.
    • ethical issues
      • right to withdraw,lack of informed consent and deception. harm as prof would doubt their abilities.
    • validity
      • ecological validity was high due to natural setting.
      • conclusion was that medical health pros can't distinguish between sane and insane, this could be valid as all listed same symptoms however in valid as it could biased as rosenhan worked for a movement
    • sampling evaluation
      • Ethnocentric- all american hospitals, findings only representative of USA hospitals. however limited as only 5 states were sued.


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