Media Portrayal of Mental Illness and its Treatments

@article{Stuart2006MediaPO,
  title={Media Portrayal of Mental Illness and its Treatments},
  author={Heather Stuart},
  journal={CNS Drugs},
  year={2006},
  volume={20},
  pages={99-106}
}
  • H. Stuart
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • CNS Drugs
This article reviews dominant media portrayals of mental illness, the mentally ill and mental health interventions, and examines what social, emotional and treatment-related effects these may have. Studies consistently show that both entertainment and news media provide overwhelmingly dramatic and distorted images of mental illness that emphasise dangerousness, criminality and unpredictability. They also model negative reactions to the mentally ill, including fear, rejection, derision and… 

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