Sinddsyg underprioritering

Katrine Kirch Kirkegaard & Gurli Marie Hagerup Kløvedal

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Abstract This master thesis is divided into two parts: an academic report and a journalistic production. The report’s research question is identical with the research question of the journalistic production. The question is: How do the political economic priorities affect the psychiatric treatment of people suffering from severe mental illnesses? The journalistic production is to be viewed as the thesis’ empirical foundation. The production consists of 13 newspaper articles of different lengths and genres. In some of the articles, we focus on the economic aspects of the treatment system. In the other articles, we zoom in on the quality of the psychiatric treatment of people suffering from severe mental illnesses. All together the articles reflect a system where the psychiatric treatment of people suffering from severe mental illnesses is deteriorating, while the politicians are failing to deliver promised money to the psychiatric treatment system. The purpose of the academic report is to present the theoretic and methodical reflections involved in the production of the 13 newspaper articles. In chapter 1, we present the focus and the research question of this master thesis. In chapter 2, we lay out the theories behind what is considered to be good journalistic practice in a deliberative democratic society. In chapter 3, we define the term “investigative journalism” and describe some of the journalistic characteristics and work methods used in investigative journalism. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 offer an explanation of the choice of target media, a description of the investigative journalistic research methods of our investigation, the goals and hypothesises involved in our work, as well as ethical deliberations concerning the handling of cases characterised as “severe mentally ill”. The conclusion of the entire thesis – both the journalistic production and the academic report – is presented in chapter 7. Three main points emerge from our investigation in the field of psychiatric treatment of people suffering from severe mental illnesses. Firstly, that the politicians do not prioritise the psychiatric field; secondly, that the lack of sufficient economic resources result in mistreatment of the people suffering from severe mental illnesses; and finally, that this mistreatment leads to an increase in the number of mentally ill who commit crimes.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato13 sep. 2010


  • Psykiatri, økonomisk underprioritering
  • Undersøgende journalistik