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Media Coverage of Gun Violence May Further Stigmatize Mental Illness

(3/25/2013)

Media Coverage of Gun Violence May Further Stigmatize Mental Illness
Psych Central
March 22, 2013

A new report finds that news stories about mass shootings involving a shooter with mental illness heighten readers’ negative attitudes toward all persons with serious mental illness.  Researchers also found such news stories influence support for policies to reduce gun violence.  Investigators are concerned that negative media coverage may increase public bias against mental illness and discourage people with mental illness from seeking care.

View the full article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/03/22/media-coverage-of-gun-violence-may-further-stigmatize-mental-illness/52884.html


Keywords: media, coverage, gun, violence, stigma, mental, illness



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