Role Of Media In Mental Media

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The stereotypes in the media of people with mental illness are that they are obsessive, unpredictable, violent, and eccentric .these forms of representation influence our perception of people with mental illnesses. In his journal article Using Popular Media to Reduce New College Students’ Mental Illness Stigma, Theriot presents different studies on the effects of certain movies on student’s opinions on mental health. Theriot mentioned one study conducted by George Domino in 1983, In the study Domino had half of his students watch One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The portion of students that watched the movie had a more negative attitude towards mental illness than those who didn’t watch the film. When trying to instill positive attitudes towards mental disorders, Theriot found that when the content shown to the students is longer then they are more likely to obtain those positive attitudes. The Ph.D. professor did a study on first-year students taking the “Maniacs Class”. The class was held for two days a week for about seven weeks. The class material included learning and studying the DSM ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) which is the primary tool for diagnosing mental illness, watch various movies that feature mental illness and having a special focus on understanding mental illness. There were two different seminars the control and test seminars. The two classes took a survey the first and last day of classes. Data was collected through surveys
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