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Popular Crime Dramas and Public Perceptions of Mental Illness

When:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Freeman Aquatic Biology Room 102
Description:

Popular media has an extensive and significant influence on how the public applies stereotypes. This influence spans a variety of social topics including mental health and crime. Within the existing research on the influence that media has on the public’s attitudes, a small amount has focused on attitudes regarding the mentally ill. Studies on the topic of the media and mental illness have found that those portrayed as mentally ill are also commonly portrayed as violent and dangerous. This presentation will address this phenomenon of the portrayal of stereotypes and the construction of negative stereotypes of the mentally ill through a content analysis. Content analysis was performed on two popular television crime dramas. This presentation will discuss the themes identified through this analysis and conclusions drawn from this qualitative research.


Cost:
free
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Contact:
Dr. Lucia Summers
Calendar:
Common Experience
Categories:
Lectures
Audience:
Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Popular Crime Dramas and Public Perceptions of Mental Illness