Mass Media: Media representations of disability

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1. What is meant by the stereotype "as an object of violence"?

  • when disabled people featured in TV drama - 3 times more likely than able bodied characters to be killed off - reinforces idea of the disabled as victims
  • (using this for definition purposes)
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2. Who found that TV and press reporting of people suffering mental disabilities often focuses on violent incidents despite the fact that only a tiny minority of people with mental health impairments are potentially violent?

  • Philo
  • GUMG
  • Barnes

3. What did the GUMG conclude?

  • high proportion of able bodied sample felt fear and anxiety when in the proximity of people with mental health problems - media coverage convinced them that mental illness is associated with violent behaviour
  • low proportion of able bodied sample felt fear and anxiety when in the proximity of people with mental health problems - ignored the ideological message that mental illness was associated with violent behaviour

4. Who found 6 stereotypes of disabled people?

  • Barnes
  • Roper
  • Philo

5. Who stated that both able bodied and disabled viewers object to and are critical of the way people are portrayed in the media?

  • Ross and Sancho
  • Roper
  • Barnes

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