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Violence and victims: Assessing the effect of codes of conduct on representations of male schizophrenia in UK national newspapers (2013-2016)

Keighley Perkins, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus Orcid Logo

Quaderns de Filologia - Estudis Lingüístics, Volume: 26, Pages: 213 - 246

Swansea University Authors: Keighley Perkins, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.7203/qf.0.21985

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The British press is moving towards responsible reporting through guidelines drawn up by organizations such as the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). With regard to mental health, these guidelines advise, among others, avoiding links between mental health and violence, as well as the use of stigma...

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Published in: Quaderns de Filologia - Estudis Lingüístics
ISSN: 1135-416X 2444-1449
Published: Universitat de Valencia 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65522
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Abstract: The British press is moving towards responsible reporting through guidelines drawn up by organizations such as the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). With regard to mental health, these guidelines advise, among others, avoiding links between mental health and violence, as well as the use of stigmatizing representations. However, compliance with these recommendations is not always achieved systematically. This study adopts the discursive news values ​​analysis (DNVA) framework (Bednarek & Caple, 2017) to examine visual and textual representations of men with schizophrenia in the UK press in light of the UK's mental health guidelines. NUJ. Specifically, we analyzed the news values ​​extracted from the text and images contained in all articles about men with schizophrenia published in The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Independent and The Metro the year before and the two years after the publication of the issue. current version of the NUJ guidelines (2014). Our results show the prevalence of four news values: consonance, negativity, personalization and positivity. These values ​​suggest a correspondence between the perpetuation of negative stereotypes associated with schizophrenia (consonance/negativity) and the more positive exploration of men's experiences with this condition (personalization/positivity). Before the guidelines were published, examples of positivity and personalization were more frequent in the texts of the four newspapers than those of consonance and negativity. However, the opposite is true after the guidelines were published. Regarding visual representations, negativity and personalization values ​​are more frequent before publication, while after publication, the frequency of consonance and negativity values ​​is similar. Our study concludes that adoption of the NUJ guidelines has been low and proposes that more sensitive representations of mental health require greater use of positive and contextual details of individuals with schizophrenia.
Keywords: news discourse, discourse analysis, mental health discourse
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 213
End Page: 246