Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 110-117

First online:

Diagnostic bias in community mental health

  • Maurice K. TemerlinAffiliated withUniversity of Oklahoma

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Mental health professionals and nonprofessionals observed an interview with a healthy man after hearing a renowned mental health professional, acting as a confederate, characterize him as psychotic. Both professional and nonprofessional subjects then tended to diagnose the healthy man as mentally ill, even though his behavior was healthy by multiple criteria. The biasing effect of prestige suggestion upon diagnosis is discussed in terms of the efficacy of psychiatric diagnosis to community mental health.