Media and Mental Distress, 1st edition

  • Greg Philo

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An innovative study of the media's portrayal of mental illness and the impact it has on the general public and attitudes and responses of carers and users of the mental health services. The Glasgow Media Group has been well known for the last twenty years for its ground breaking empirical research on the impact of the media in shaping public opinion. This book draws upon the Group's most recent research in conjunction with Scotland's Health Education Board to investigate the processes that condition media images; to examine factual and fictional presentation of mental illness in the media; public perception to certain illnesses, and to assess the impact of the media on the careers of those engaged in mental health services.

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction.  1. Why Media Images Matter - Stephen Platt & Jenny Seckers  2. Selling Suffering: Mental Illness and Media Values - Lesley Henderson
3. A sense of perspective: the media and the Boyd Inquiry - David Crepaz-Keay
4. Media Content - Greg Philo, Greg MacGlaughlin, Lesley Henderson
5. Media Content: Fictional Representations - Greg Philo, Greg MacLaughlin, Lesley Henderson  6. The Media and Public Belief - Greg Philo  7. Users of services, carers and families- Greg Philo References Appendix 1: Words and phrases associated with mental health/illness in the media Appendix 2: Newspaper extracts Index

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Published by Pearson (October 29th 1996) - Copyright © 1996