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The depiction of mental illnesses in series: Representation of bipolar disorder in the web show "Skam France"

Zibulski, K.M. (2020) The depiction of mental illnesses in series: Representation of bipolar disorder in the web show "Skam France".

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Abstract:INTRODUCTION The audience’s response to the representation of bipolar disorder in “Skam France” is researched. Mental illnesses are a very important societal issue and therefore education and conversation about the topic are essential. One way of doing this is by means of TV and streaming series. METHODS Tumblr posts, which contained the name of a character having bipolar disorder and terms related to bipolar disorder, were analysed with a critical discourse analysis by coding them according to eight codes and analysing the way of writing. RESULTS An important aspect regarding the representation of mental illnesses is a multi-facetted portrayal which also addresses difficulties and is realistic and accurate in terms of the experiences and identification of viewers and persons concerned. Furthermore, dealing with the acceptance of mental illnesses and achieving education and conversation about the issue are regarded as important. Additionally, the writing style was emotional, indicating a close relationship with the characters and strong investment in the series. DISCUSSION The findings led to the recommendation to produce more shows like “Skam” with a multifaceted portrayal of mental illnesses that include difficulties and downsides. This would contribute to portraying them realistically according to people who experience mental illnesses.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80449
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