Study confirms again what we all knew anyway: media portrayals of people with Schizophrenia are largely unrealistic and unfair:
Patricia Owen of the psychology department at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, reviewed 41 English-language films released between 1990 and 2010 that featured at least one main character with schizophrenia.
Owen found that 83 percent of those characters were portrayed as dangerous or violent to others or themselves. Almost one-third engaged in homicidal behavior, and one-quarter committed suicide, the researcher said.
According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the risk of violence is small among people with schizophrenia. But suicide risk is higher than average.
I’m pretty sure Owen has done a number of studies on media portrayals of mental illness. I think I referenced some in my postgrad essay on stigma and discrimination (which I’m reworking to put in issue 3 of the zine - get excited).
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