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Title: The impact of media on mental health
Author: Arnold, Jeffrey David Cullen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 441X
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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Volume I comprises of a systematic review and an empirical research paper. The systematic review examines the efficacy of media interventions in changing attitudes and intentions towards help-seeking for mental health difficulties. A systematic search of relevant databases identified sixteen studies that used a range of media approaches, including web-based, audio-visual and print interventions. Studies were limited by methodological and reporting issues, which severely limited confidence in the efficacy of media interventions in targeting help-seeking for mental health difficulties. The evidence, at best, suggests a small-to-moderate effect of interventions. The empirical paper reports a qualitative study investigating the media’s impact on recovery of men in forensic mental health settings. Qualitative interviews were conducted and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Five superordinate and nine subordinate themes were identified. One theme identified the media being simultaneously positive and negative. Two themes identified the media omitting important aspects of the participants’ lives and endorsing stigmatising labels and stereotypes. One theme identified experiences arising from the media that encouraged recovery. However, the most significant influence on recovery depended on the idiosyncratic Transformative Nature of the Experience. The discussion focuses on theories encompassing narratives, stigma, and psychological flexibility, and reports clinical and research implications.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology