Being Sane And Insane Places Essay
1. When was this study done? Do you think it could be done today?
This study was done in 1973. I don’t think this study could be done today because it’s not ethical for the participants or the people who have mental illnesses. While researchers do get a hands on experience on how psychiatric hospitals work, it doesn’t benefit them because they can go under a lot of stress even if they are mentally healthy. For the people who really do have mental illnesses, it sends a message that that mental illness isn’t real and that it is something you can make up. The study would just perpetuate the stigma against mental illness.
2. What was the methodology? What were the independent and dependent variables?
The methodology was having eight pseudopatients admitted to different psychiatric hosptials in five different states for a period of seven to fifty-two days to see how labels and diagnoses are determined by professionals to the pseudopatients.
The independent variable was the eight pseudopatients and dependent variables were the labels and diagnoses adhered to the pseudopatients and the setting in which the pseudopatientes were in which was the psychiatric hospital.
3. On page 213, what does the statement at the end of the first paragraph mean psychiatric diagnoses, in this view, are in the minds of the observers and are not valid summaries of characteristics displaced by the observed?
The statement means that the psychiatric diagnosis that a…