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Media Portrayals of Mental Illness and the Third-Person Effect
Unformatted Document Text:  M c K e e v e r - P a g e | 27 Appendix B. Tables 1-6 Table 1. Stigma associated with mental illness “For mentally ill people, it is their own fault they have a mental illness” Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 133 50 6 2 0 69.6% 26.2% 3.1% 1.0% 0.0% 96% Disagree “People with mental illnesses could have avoided becoming that way” Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 112 57 16 6 0 58.6% 29.8% 8.4% 3.1% 0.0% 89% Disagree The proportion of disagreement is statistically significant (χ 2 = 475.3238, p<0.005), based on a test for equality of proportions with continuity correction Table 2. Desirability of media portrayals “Individuals with mental illnesses are usually portrayed positively by the media” Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 19 117 37 10 1 10.3% 63.6% 20.1% 5.4% 0.5% 74% Disagree* “Media portrayals of mentally ill individuals are usually negative” Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 5 21 47 100 9 2.7% 11.5% 25.8% 54.9% 4.9% 60% Agree * To create the index measuring perceived undesirability, this item was reverse-coded The proportion of responses indicating perceived negativity is statistically significant (χ 2 = 313.788, p<0.005), based on a test for equality of proportions with continuity correction

Authors: McKeever, Robert.
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M c K e e v e r   -   P a g e  | 27 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 
 
Appendix B. Tables 1-6 
 
Table 1. Stigma associated with mental illness 
 
“For mentally ill people, it is their own fault they have a mental illness” 
 
Strongly Disagree 
Disagree 
Neither Agree nor Disagree 
Agree 
Strongly Agree 
 
 
133 
50 


0
 
 
69.6% 
26.2% 
3.1% 
1.0% 
0.0% 
 
 
96% 
Disagree 
 
“People with mental illnesses could have avoided becoming that way” 
 
Strongly Disagree 
Disagree 
Neither Agree nor Disagree 
Agree 
Strongly Agree 
 
112 
57 
16 

0
 
 
58.6% 
29.8% 
8.4% 
3.1% 
0.0% 
 
 
89% 
Disagree 
 
 
The proportion of disagreement is statistically significant (χ
2
 = 475.3238, p<0.005), based on a test for equality of 
proportions with continuity correction 
 
 
Table 2. Desirability of media portrayals 
 
“Individuals with mental illnesses are usually portrayed positively by the media” 
 
Strongly Disagree 
Disagree 
Neither Agree nor Disagree 
Agree 
Strongly Agree 
 
19 
117 
37 
10 
1
 
 
10.3% 
63.6% 
20.1% 
5.4% 
0.5% 
 
 
74% 
Disagree* 
 
 
 
“Media portrayals of mentally ill individuals are usually negative” 
 
Strongly Disagree 
Disagree 
Neither Agree nor Disagree 
Agree 
Strongly Agree 
 
21 
47 
100 
9
 
 
2.7% 
11.5% 
25.8% 
54.9% 
4.9% 
 
 
60% 
Agree 
 
 
   *
To create the index measuring perceived undesirability, this item was reverse-coded 
The proportion of responses indicating perceived negativity is statistically significant (χ
2
 = 313.788, p<0.005), 
based on a test for equality of proportions with continuity correction 
 


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