THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN ANTI-STIGMA CAMPAIGNS. ANTI-STIGMA CAMPAIGN: A BRIEF RESEARCH REPORT FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER AND SPECIFIC PHOBIA
Alexandru GHERMAN* (a), Elena PREDESCU (b), Felicia IFTENE (b), Andrei ACHIMAŞ CADARIU (a)
(a) “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
(b) Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital, “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Anti-stigma campaigns have received a lot of media attention. They are of interest in the field of medicine, psychology and social care. Multimedia, through its specific means, may be an extremely useful tool in an anti-stigma campaign. We made an informative movie that presents an event in the life of two children with psychological disorders: specific phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder, respectively. The movie was played in 24 Cluj-Napoca schools and high schools and the 591 students, aged 14-18, who watched it filled in a set of five questions. This paper aimed to evaluate how children and adolescents may be influenced by a movie that was also intended to inform them and to fight preconceptions regarding children who suffer from such psychological disorders. The results obtained after quantifying the respondents’ answers to the questions were mainly positive. Such movies may be a therapeutic tool as well as a valuable anti-stigma campaign.
Keywords: anti-stigma campaign, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobia, movie