Rosenhan- Evaluation of Methodology

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Reliability
:-) Variables kept consistent eg. Same words (thud, hollow, empty). Acted the same- normally (9th pps excluded cause he didn't tell truth).
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Internal Validity
:-( Pseudopatients were not insane, so not true experience of those who were insane eg. 8 pps knew they would soon be released unlike real patients.
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Sampling
:-) Staff from variety of hospitals so generalisations could be made. :-( Hospitals just in America so may be culturally biased in favour of western treatment methods.
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Data
:-) Quantitative data- objective measure of experiences in a mental hospital so comparisons can be made eg. number of days before each pps was discharged (mean 19). Qualitative data- detailed view of experiences eg. the feeling of powerlessness
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Ethics
:-( Deception eg. nurses thought 8 pps were real patients- did not give their informed consent. Harm eg. In study 2 genuine patients could have been mistreated if thought they were fake.
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Internal Validity

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:-( Pseudopatients were not insane, so not true experience of those who were insane eg. 8 pps knew they would soon be released unlike real patients.

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