December 1975

Value-Related Effects on Psychiatric Judgment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn (Mr Schwartz); and the Department of Psychiatry, Sacramento Medical Center of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine (Dr Abramowitz).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1975;32(12):1525-1529. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1975.01760300063004

• This study was done to clarify the role of political bias in forming psychiatric impressions. One hundred two psychiatrists randomly selected from the national register rendered six clinical decisions on the basis of a prepared case history in which the patient's sex and race were systematically varied, and also completed a moral traditionalism scale. The findings highlight the problem of covert psychiatrist bias, but fail to substantiate the contention that such bias inevitably disfavors the relatively disenfranchised.