Psychology Rosenhan Summary as

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Core studies summary Rosenhan (1973) individual differences |Aims and context (Put aims of study & background history): | | | |Aim – Rosenhan aimed to investigate if psychiatrists could distinguish the difference between people who are genuinely mentally ill and | |those who aren’t. He aimed to find out if “the salient characteristics that lead to diagnoses reside in the patients themselves or in | |the environments and contexts in which the observers find them?” He wanted to find out if the diagnostic systems were reliable at the | |time, as well as the impact of labelling. | | | |Coming to the fore in the 1960s, "anti-psychiatry" (a term first used by David Cooper in 1967) defined a movement that vocally | |challenged the fundamental claims and practices of mainstream psychiatry. Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz argues that "mental illness" is a | |combination of a medical and a psychological concept, but popular because it legitimizes the use of psychiatric force to control and | |limit deviance from societal norms (norms of society i.e. ways we are expected to behave) | |Michel Foucault argued that the concepts of sanity and insanity were social ideas (constructs) that did not reflect actual patterns of | |human behavior, and which were convenient for the powerful in society to judge who is "sane" over the "insane". The novel One Flew Over| |the Cuckoo's Nest became a

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