Clinical judgements of self-dramatisation. A test of the sexist hypothesis

P. R. Slavney, G. A. Chase

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It has been claimed that the diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder is inherently sexist. To estimate the extent to which psychiatrists are influenced by sexist prejudice in their judgements about self-dramatisation (the central trait in the histrionic cluster), we conducted a study in which male and female subjects rated the degree of self-dramatisation portrayed in videotaped vignettes. The results did not support the sexist hypothesis that dramatic behaviour would more often be attributed to a woman than to a man, especially by male raters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-617
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue numberJUNE
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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