News Media Portrayal of Mental Illness

  title={News Media Portrayal of Mental Illness},
  author={Otto F. Wahl},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1594 - 1600}
  • O. Wahl
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Psychology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
Newspapers are a primary source of information about a variety of topics, including mental illnesses. A study of 1999 newspapers revealed that dangerousness is the most common theme of stories about mental illnesses. In contrast, stories of recovery or accomplishment were found to be rare. The ratio of negative to positive stories involving mental illness decreased between 1989 and 1999, but negative stories continued to far outnumber positive ones. The potential influence of these patterns of… 
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