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Date of Award
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Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
This analysis seeks to explore social identity of individuals with mental illness in movies.
An extensive literature review examined stigma of individuals with disabilities in previous
research on those with physical disabilities. It also explored these different aspects of stigma and
identity that occur in the media. An analysis on Silver Linings Playbook and The Perks of Being
a Wallflower examined the two main characters Pat and Charlie. The analysis found that social
support networks for these two individuals helped them cope with their mental illness and learn
to accept that part of themselves.
Smith, Olivia R., "Representation of Identity of Individuals with Mental Illness in Movies" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 776.