Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness

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Chapter One Madness, Madness Everywhere
1.
Richard Perez-Pena, "After 20 Years of False Identities, Man Admits 3 Killings", New York Times, March 10, 1994; Janny Scott, "Doctors Doubt Multiple Personalities Can Hide Killings from One Another", New York Times, March 11, 1994.
2.
"Health Coverage for the Mentally Ill", letter to the editor, Washington Post, March 29, 1994.
3.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Public Attitudes toward People with Chronic Mental Illness", April 15, 1990.
4.
Michael Fleming and Roger Manvell, Images of Madness: The Portrayal of Insanity in the Feature Film ( Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses, 1985).
5.
Alan G. Frank, Horror Movies ( Hong Kong: Cathay Books, 1974).
7.
See Appendix A for a listing of the films described in the Washington Post television guide.
8.
Keith Byrd and Timothy R. Elliott, "Feature Films and Disability: A Descriptive Study", Rehabilitation Psychology 30 ( 1985): 47-51.
9.
Entertainment Weekly, March 16, 1990.
11.
Otto F. Wahl and Rachel Roth, "Television Images of Mental Illness: Results of a Metropolitan Washington Media Watch", Journal of Broadcasting 26 ( 1982): 599-605.
12.
We also excluded mental retardation and substance abuse unless the latter were the primary focus of the program. Thus an addict who is used by the police as an informant but plays no other role in the program would not have been counted.
13.
George Gerbner, "Dreams That Hurt: Mental Illness in the Mass Media", in The Community Imperative, ed. Baron Richard, Irving Rutman, and Barbara Klaczynska ( Philadelphia: Horizon House Institute, 1980; George Gerbner, "Dreams That Hurt: Mental Illness in the Mass Media", Proceedings of the First International Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy: Stigma and the Mentally Ill ( Atlanta, Ga.: Carter Center, 1985); Nancy Signorelli, "The Stigma of Mental Illness on Television", Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 33 ( 1989): 325-331.
14.
Suzy Kalter, The Complete Book of M*A*S*H ( New York: Henry N. Abrams, 1984).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter One - Madness, Madness Everywhere 1
  • Chapter Two - Words and Laughter 14
  • Chapter Three - A Breed Apart 36
  • Chapter Four - Murder and Mayhem 56
  • Chapter Five - So What? 87
  • Chapter Six - So, Why? 110
  • Chapter Seven - Future Images 132
  • Chapter Eight - Exit Lines 164
  • Appendix A - Films about Mental Illness 169
  • Appendix B - Television Shows about Mental Illness 180
  • Appendix C - Novels about Mentally Ill Killers 189
  • Notes 195
  • Index 209
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