Essay Portrayal Of A Mental Health Illness

1381 Words Dec 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Methods To understand if audiences appear to gain knowledge from fictional televised narratives, participants will be exposed to programs featuring a mentally ill character. This study will include two conditions: In one condition, participants will be shown a factually inaccurate depiction of a mental health illness; in the other, they will be shown a factually accurate depiction of a mental health illness. Therefore, this research will be a between-subjects design that seeks to understand what facts are maintained from the program viewers are exposed to. The hypothesis will be proven if knowledge is gained in both conditions. If audiences appear to learn in both conditions, it demonstrates that they are taking the portrayal itself as fact, and not learning the true hallmarks of the disease portrayed. Historically, mental health depictions analyzed in television include schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (Parrott and Parrott, 2015). This research seeks to build on the body of literature that focuses on better understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder and its depictions. While many television programs choose to dramatize diseases like schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder offers a better place to start this research. This is because obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has symptoms that manifest in explicitly physical ways, which are commonly associated with the disease, as well as symptoms that appear…

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