Wendy R. Dragon (Committee Chair), Michelle S. Schultz (Committee Member), LaTrelle D. Jackson (Committee Member)
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Inaccurate diagnoses due to clinician bias may lead to the facilitation of inappropriate mental health treatment and poor prognosis for treating clients presenting concern, as the cause of the disordered behaviors that led to their incarceration are not being addressed. The current study sought to determine whether clinician gender bias and clinician setting bias affects the diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder amongst clients in correctional settings. Determining whether bias affects diagnosis of these disorders amongst clients in correctional settings is important in order to assure clients are receiving appropriate mental health treatment. Incarcerated individuals who receive appropriate mental health treatment may have lower rates of recidivism, with obvious societal benefits. The current study surveyed a sample of 124 mental health professionals to determine whether manipulating gender and/or setting bias impacted mental health professionals’ abilities to accurately diagnose Borderline Personality Disorder. Results suggest setting bias impacts mental health professionals’ abilities to accurately diagnose Borderline Personality Disorder.
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School of Professional Psychology
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