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Artificial Sanity

A Case Study for a Class in Introductory Psychology



Author:

Sheila O’Brien Quinn
Department of Psychology
Salve Regina University
sheila.quinn@salve.edu

Abstract:

Using the story of death row inmate Charles Singleton, who developed paranoid schizophrenia while in prison awaiting execution, this case study explores the relationship between a society’s concept of mental illness and its treatment of people who are mentally ill. Students are asked to identify the model of mental illness assumed by each of the lawyers in the case and to explain the implications of that model in terms of the defendant’s rights and responsibilities.

Objectives:
  • To provide students with a concrete example that will focus their discussion of the abstract principle of mental illness.
  • To show how each conceptual model directly influences the treatment people with a mental illness receive.
Keywords: Sanity; insanity; right to treatment; concepts of mental illness; mental disorder; insanity plea; maladaptive behavioral repertoire; Charles Singleton
Topical Area: Social justice issues, Legal issues
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion, Dilemma/Decision
Language: English
Subject Headings: Psychology   Sociology  
Date Posted: 6/23/05
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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I think this is a wonderful case study to utilize with my associate degree nursing students in a mental health nursing course.


Elizabeth Davidson
Nursing
Univeristy of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
esdavidson@ualr.edu
3/26/2011



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