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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


School of Communication

First Advisor

John Baldwin

Second Advisor

Lauren Bratslavsky


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.


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