On Being Sae In Insane Places Case Study

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On Being Sane in Insane Places

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
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How did the pseudopatients behave once in the hospitals? Did it matter?
The pseudopatients behaved as if they didn’t have any abnormal symptoms and some were anxious because they feared that they would be outed as frauds. It didn’t matter because in the staff member’s eyes they were abnormal because they are in the psychiatric hospital.

7. How did the staff respond to notes of pseudopatients? Give examples. What is some of the content of the notes?
The staff responded casually to the notes of the psuedopatients. For example, one pseudopatient asked the doctor what medicine they were taking and the pseudopatient wrote it down. The doctor responded with “You needn’t write it. If you have trouble remembering just ask me again.”
Other staff members thought that the pseudopatients writing down things were a symptom of an illness. For example, there are nurse records which report that the pseudopatient was showing pathological behavior by writing.

8. What labels were placed on the pseudopatients? Give general and specific examples.

The labels that were placed on the pseudopatients were insane, schizophrenic, manic depressive and
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These observations were nowhere near accurate, the professional staff suspected too many patients to be pseudopatients.

12. How was the environment (physical and routine) of the institution analyzed as affecting the patients by the professional staff? How would you see it differently? Provide other examples of how the environment affects behavior.
The environment (physical and routine) of the institution were analyzed as affecting the patients by the professional staff by them treating the patients as if they weren’t human and distancing themselves away from the patients. The patients
I would see it differently by the staff trying to protect themselves from not succumbing to the stressors of their job. If the staff members let themselves get attached then they may feel as if they will go insane.
Other examples of how the environment affects behavior are patients feeling powerless so to gain power they don’t take their pills and staff members verbally and physically abusing patients so they can remain detached.

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