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No Longer a Sign of Weakness? Media Reporting on Mental Ill Health in Sport.

Parry, K. D., Braim, A. G., Jull, R. E. and Smith, M. J., 2024. No Longer a Sign of Weakness? Media Reporting on Mental Ill Health in Sport. International Journal of Sport Communication, 17 (2), 171-181.

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DOI: 10.1123/ijsc.2023-0184


This study analysed media framing of athletes who have suffered mental ill health. The mass media play a crucial role in shaping public attitudes and perceptions surrounding mental health and the present study aimed to examine the media reporting of athletes’ mental ill health, and to further explore how this reporting has changed over time. We examined the reporting of elite athletes in three United Kingdom media outlets between January 2000 and December 2019, identifying 75 athletes from 26 different sports. From analysis, four themes were developed to consider the content of media reporting and how it has changed over three time phases. The analysis revealed that media reporting of mental ill health has increased over time, and changes were observed in terms of the specific terminology used, with greater depth in the articles, such as journalists speaking to other professionals to construct the articles. This study contributes towards our growing understanding of the reporting of mental ill health by providing empirical evidence of the increased attention to the topic and increasingly responsible reporting within the media.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mental ill health; Sport; Media reporting; framing; Masculinity
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:38752
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:04 Jul 2023 14:30
Last Modified:29 May 2024 15:05


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