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ERIC Number: ED191035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Completeness of Mental Illness Coverage in Six Mass-Audience Women's Magazines: A Content Analysis.
Adelson, Rachel K.
A content analysis was performed on six mass-audience women's magazines to determine frequency of coverage of specific mental disorders and to see how fair and complete mental illness coverage was in the magazines. The six magazines analyzed were "Family Circle,""McCalls,""Good Housekeeping,""Cosmopolitan,""Glamour," and "Seventeen." The contents of 108 articles appearing between 1975 and 1979 were classified by an adapted psychiatric taxonomy and then compared to the actual clinical picture of mental illness. A significant difference was found between percentages of specific mental illnesses covered in the sample and that occurring in two clinical populations. In addition, significantly more articles dealing with milder disorders were found than would be warranted by their existence in the clinical population. The findings suggest that the magazines studied gave a somewhat inaccurate picture of the frequencies with which mental disorders actually occur and that they paid little attention to such severe disorders as mental retardation and psychosis. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Womens Magazines
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).