Media frames of mental illnesses: The potential impact of negative frames

  title={Media frames of mental illnesses: The potential impact of negative frames},
  author={Elaine M. Sieff},
  journal={Journal of Mental Health},
  pages={259 - 269}
  • E. Sieff
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Mental Health
Background: Mass media (e.g., television news and entertainment programming, films and newspapers) are a primary source for information about mental illnesses. Aims: The possible effects of media coverage and predominant frames in which mental illnesses are portrayed are discussed. Methods: Framing is defined as the means by which media information is organized, presented and interpreted. The literature focused on media coverage of mental illnesses and media framing is reviewed. Results: The… 
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