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Rosenhan's Study: On being sane in insane places



Aim: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that psychiatrists cannot reliably tell the difference
between people who are sane and those who are insane.

Method:

Rosenhan appointed himself and seven other mentally healthy associates `pseudopatients' to
participate in…

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Number of patients positively judged as being a pseudo patient by at least one staff member: 47
Number of patients positively suspected by one psychiatrist: 23
Number of patients positively suspected by one psychiatrist and one other staff member: 19



Explanation

Rosenhan claims that the study demonstrates that psychiatrists cannot…

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