Oh G-d, A Borderline: Clinical Diagnostics As Fundamental Attribution Error Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Oh G-d, A Borderline: Clinical Diagnostics As Fundamental Attribution Error

Creator

  • Author: Schmalz, Jonathan
    Creator Type: Personal

Contributor

  • Chair: Murrell, Amy R.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Cox, Randall
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Boals, Adriel
    Contributor Type: Personal

Publisher

  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info: www.unt.edu

Date

  • Creation: 2011-12

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: Researchers raise concerns that the diagnostic approach can create stigma and lead to clinical inferences that focus on dispositional characteristics at the expense of situational variables. From social cognitive theory to strict behavioral approaches there is broad agreement that situation is at least as important as disposition. The present study examined the clinical inferences of graduate student clinicians randomly presented a diagnosis (borderline PD) or no diagnosis and either randomly given context information or no context information before watching a videotaped clinical interaction of a fabricated client. Responses to a questionnaire assessing dispositional or situational attributions about the client’s behavior indicated a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder did not significantly increase dispositional attributions and did not significantly moderate the importance of contextual factors. A notable difference between the attributions made by psychodynamic and third wave behavioral respondents was observed. Conceptual and experimental limitations as well as future directions are discussed.

Subject

  • Keyword: DSM
  • Keyword: stigma
  • Keyword: diagnostics
  • Keyword: attribution error

Collection

  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Rights

  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Schmalz, Jonathan
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc103389

Degree

  • Academic Department: Department of Psychology
  • Degree Discipline: Psychology
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Name: Master of Science
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Publication Type: thesi

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