Media Influences On Self Stigma Of Seeking Psychological Services

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Maier, J. A., Gentile, D. A., Vogel, D. L., & Kaplan, S. A. (2014). Media influences on self-stigma of seeking psychological services: The importance of media portrayals and person perception. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 3(4), 239. doi: 10.1037/a0034504. Media portrayal is one of the many factors that influence mental illness. This article researches and supports our study of the stigma related to mental health illness. There is a lack of research investigating the portrayal of psychologists, those affected by mental illness and issues of mental health; this lack of research prevents any interventions from being made to protect those at risk. “With the continued portrayals of therapy in the media, it is important to consider how these images may affect attitudes and beliefs that can contribute to help seeking behavior”. (Maier, et al., 2013, p.1). Although there is research supporting that psychological and medical treatment are effective for a broad range of mental illnesses, only around 11% of those who have a diagnosable issue will seek help (Corrigan, 2004). The researchers of this article were interested in how the media portrayal of psychologists and mental illnesses impacts those who should seek therapy, through the formation of stigma. The hypothesis of the article study is formed around the idea that turning to a professional for help is not viewed as a sign of weakness when the psychologists are viewed as trustworthy and have experience. This study was divided into two parts, with the initial portion being titled Study 1, and Study 2 being based off of the results from Study 1. Study 1 focused on the development of self-stigma and the role of the media on persons seeking help, persons with mental illness, and pe... ... middle of paper ... ...were repeated directly after training, it is possible that participants would remember previous questions along with answers. “Most participants agreed that learning with other health care workers would help them to communicate better with other professionals” (Hardy, p.264). Communication is essential to providing holistic health care for patients. Also, it is essential in order to decrease misconceptions of mental illness so that patients with mental illness can have equal care as compared to patients without mental illness. In conclusion, “practice nurses who complete the physical health check for SMI training package have fewer misconceptions about SMI and might be more likely to accept carrying out these health checks as part of their role” (Hardy, p.264). My recommendations include providing SMI training to eliminate misconceptions of SMI among fellow nurses.
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