CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest the media has an active role promoting stigma, as well as passively broadcasting and thus passing on prejudices.
N Rodrigues-Silva, T Falcão de Almeida, F Araújo, A Molodynski, Â Venâncio and J Bouça,
Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England), Oct 2017
Stigmatizing references to schizophrenia have a negative impact on self-esteem, deter treatment seeking and diminish the effectiveness of treatment.To analyze the reporting of schizophrenia in Portuguese newspapers.We analyzed five high circulation Portuguese newspapers between 2007 and 2013. We selected all news containing the word "esquizofrenia" (schizophrenia). Several variables were collected.About 1058 news items contained the word schizophrenia. Schizophrenia was mentioned metaphorically in 40% of the cases and in the context of Crime in 22%. When used in a Criminal context, schizophrenia was mostly attributed to people who were the perpetrators of the crime (93%). When used metaphorically, schizophrenia had a negative connotation in 90% of cases. We found an increasing reporting of schizophrenia in the criminal news and serious crimes.Our results suggest the media has an active role promoting stigma, as well as passively broadcasting and thus passing on prejudices.
It really depends on the newspaper, there’s one specifically that only does more harm than good in all subject it touches, others somewhat bad, but mostly they’re good.
Edit: I now see the dates they studied, it makes sense.
I read some news last week and it said that a violent crime could be commited by a schizophrenic (a man killed his wife, son, dad and mom). They had no proof that the crime was commited by a schizophrenic. They just mentioned it because a therapist thought it would be case. It made me mad.