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Newspaper coverage of mental illness in the UK, 1992-2008

Goulden, Robert, Corker, Elizabeth, Evans-Lacko, Sara ORCID: 0000-0003-4691-2630, Rose, Diana, Thornicroft, Graham and Henderson, Claire (2011) Newspaper coverage of mental illness in the UK, 1992-2008. BMC Public Health, 11 (796). ISSN 1471-2458

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Identification Number: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-796


Background: Recent years have seen a number of attempts to reduce the stigma related to mental illness; the media can play a significant role in perpetuating this stigma. This paper analyses trends in newspaper coverage of mental illness in the UK between 1992-2008 across a range of psychiatric diagnoses. Methods: A content analysis was performed on a sample of articles (n = 1361) about mental illness in a range of UK newspapers in 1992, 2000, and 2008. Results: There was a significant proportional reduction in negative articles about mental illness between 1992 and 2008, and a significant increase in articles explaining psychiatric disorders. Coverage improved for depression but remained largely negative for schizophrenia. Conclusions: Newspaper coverage of mental illness became less stigmatising overall in the 1990s and 2000s, but this was not true for all diagnoses.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 14:21
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 16:03
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Comic Relief Big Lottery Fund, Shifting Attitudes to Mental Illness (SHiFT)

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