Rosenhan

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Aim
to test the hypothesis that psychiatrists cannot tell the difference between the sane and the insane
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Participants
8 pseudo-patients (5 men and 3 female) some of which were psychologists themselves. Rosenhan also took part in his own study as a Pseudo-patient
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Study 1
The 8 pseudo-patients were sent to 12 different hospitals and were told to explain that they had been hearing voices saying 'thud' 'hollow' and 'empty'. These hospitals were across 5 states in the USA
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Study 1
Once inside the pps behaved normally and were asked by Rosenhan to observe the behaviour of the staff. Pseudo-patients had to persuade the staff that they were sane
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Study 2
After Rosenhan published his results the hospitals were shocked and asked Rosenhan to send more pseudo-patients. They were warned that more will be sent, when actually NONE did
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Type 1 Errors
'a miss' - diagnosed sane but were actually insane
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Type 2 Errors
diagnosed insane but were actually sane
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Issues
Ethics (deception, protection from harm) Reliability (only 12 hospitals tested)
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Strengths
Usefulness. Data collected. Participants were
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8 pseudo-patients (5 men and 3 female) some of which were psychologists themselves. Rosenhan also took part in his own study as a Pseudo-patient

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Participants

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The 8 pseudo-patients were sent to 12 different hospitals and were told to explain that they had been hearing voices saying 'thud' 'hollow' and 'empty'. These hospitals were across 5 states in the USA

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Once inside the pps behaved normally and were asked by Rosenhan to observe the behaviour of the staff. Pseudo-patients had to persuade the staff that they were sane

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After Rosenhan published his results the hospitals were shocked and asked Rosenhan to send more pseudo-patients. They were warned that more will be sent, when actually NONE did

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