Velkommen på forsiden: Psykisk syge og stigma i Ekstra Bladet

Camilla Louise Grandt & Caroline Elmquist-Clausen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines stigma of mental illness through the following problem formulation: How does Ekstra Bladet construct certain perceptions of the mentally ill and how can these perceptions lead to stigmatization? Stigmatization of the mentally ill is a continuing problem in our society. This stigmatization is due to certain stereotypes and prejudices about the mentally ill, and according to several studies, media plays a key role in constructing and maintaining these stereotypes and thereby the stigmatization. In the project, articles from 2011-2014 from the newspaper Ekstra Bladet are examined using framing theory and agenda-setting theory. The articles are analyzed to see which frames are present and which attributes are assigned to the mentally ill. Using the conclusions from these analyses, it is examined how the attributes assigned to people with mental illness can be seen as stigmatizing. In the framing and agenda-setting analyses, it became evident that Ekstra Bladet focusses primarily on people with mental illness through three primary categories of frames and attributes: mentally ill as dangerous and criminals, mentally ill as pitiful and victims, and mentally ill as equal. The first two categories are both part of stereotypes about mentally ill, and can both be seen as discrediting attributes, that can lead to stigma. The last category of attributes does not apply a stereotype, but instead challenges the existing views on mentally ill. As the two first categories were predominant, the discrediting attributes are prevalent in Ekstra Bladets portrayal of mentally ill, and these perceptions can lead to stigmatization.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato11 jun. 2014
VejledereRasmus Willig


  • Ekstra Bladet
  • agenda-setting
  • stigma
  • Goffman
  • medier
  • framing
  • bipolar kat
  • psykisk sygdom