A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of mental illness

Jane Pirkis, Warwick BLOOD, Cathy Joanne FRANCIS, Kerry MCCALLUM

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Abstract

Fictional films and television programs may exert a powerful influence on community attitudes towards mental illness because of their broad reach and appeal. The current report reviews the available literature on the portrayal of mental illness in these media, in order to address three research questions:

1. What is the extent and nature of portrayal of mental illness in fictional films and television programs?
2. Is there evidence that portrayal of mental illness in fictional films and television programs can have harmful effects?
3. Is there evidence that portrayal of mental illness in fictional films and television programs can have positive effects?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Health and Aged Care
Number of pages19
EditionOnline
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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    Pirkis, J., BLOOD, W., FRANCIS, C. J., & MCCALLUM, K. (2005). A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of mental illness. (Online ed.) University of Melbourne.