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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health