CLINICAL A2 ROSENHAN STUDY

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  • ROSENHAN- 'ON BEING SANE IN INSANE PLACES'.

Aim: rosenhan sent people to mental hospitals pretendning to hear voices. they were diagnosed as having schizophrenia in remission. he was loking to see if they would get diagnosed and how they would be treated when in the hospital. 

PROCEDURE 

  •  8 pseudo paitents- one was Rosenhan.
  • nobody other than these people knew about the study.
  • 12 hospitals involved in 5 different US states, and they were varied in character.
  • called them saying they had been hearing voices 'empty' or 'hollow'. the participants gave accurate answers to any questions.
  • when admitted they behaved normally in every ward and though they were given medication they didn't take it. All wanted to be discharged so they behaved very well and followed all instructions from staff.
  • in the second part of the study, the staff at the hospitals were told that in the next 3 months one or more pseudo-patient would attempt to be admitted. thye rated each patient on a scale of 1-10 to indicate the likelihood of them being a pseudo-pateint.

RESULTS

  • the pseudo-patients were never detected. all but one were diagnosed as…

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