Rosenhan 1

Rosenhan 1

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  • 5 men and 3 women pseudo patients used fake identities and fake histories got into 12 psychiatric hospitals. 
  • They said to the staff that they had been ehearing voces which were unclear, unfamiliar that said "empty", "hollow", and "thud".
  • once the were admitted into the hospital they said they were fine and no longer had the symptoms.
  • They observed the staff and real patients and recorded what they saw, and their aim was to persuade the staff that they were fine and could leave the hospital.
  • In four of the hospitals, pseudo patients approached members of staff and asked, “Pardon me Mr/Dr/Mrs X, could you tell me when I will be eligible for grounds privileges / ....when will I be presented at the staff meeting / ...when am I likely to be discharged?”
  • Pseudo patients observed the responses and recorded them in their notebooks.
  • The aim of the study was to test the hypothesis that psychiatrists cannot reliably tell the different between people who are sane and those who are insane.
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