Questioning the Goldwater Rule

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Researchers from the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Purdue, write in Perspectives on Psychological Science that the rationale for the Goldwater Rule, which prohibits psychiatrists from publicly commenting on the mental health of public figures they have not examined in person, does not hold up to current scientific scrutiny.

The team maintains that the Rule is outdated in today's media-saturated environment (e.g., interviews with family members, friends and others who know a person well, and extensive public records such as media interviews, biographies, YouTube videos, and social media accounts).

Poll Question:
A team of university researchers says that the rationale for the Goldwater Rule, which prohibits psychiatrists from publicly commenting on the mental health of public figures they have not examined in person, does not hold up to current scientific scrutiny.

Do you think the Goldwater Rule is outdated?

Yes
91

No
83

Unsure
18