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Measuring attitudes towards mental health using social media: investigating stigma and trivialisation Class: Research Methods & Ethics Instructor: Prof. Salih Burak Tosuner Student Name: Yasmin Ahmed Salah Tahsin Student ID Number: 1404285 1
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Content 1. Introduction 2. Problem Definition 3. Developing an approach to the problem 4. Formulating a research design 5. Data collection 6. Limitations 7. Preparing and analyzing data 8. Conclusion 9. References 2
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Introduction: This research reveals the impacts that social media platforms have on both people’s mental health and their physical health. It uncovers how stigma and trivialisation affect the way mental and physical health conditions are perceived and communicated on social media platforms, specifically, Twitter. Different mental conditions and physical ones where targeted in this research for the aim of understanding which conditions were stigmatized and which ones were trivialized and why people categorized those conditions that way on social media. This study was carried out based on hash-tags (#) of the names of the conditions and a series of analysis was done to answer the question of “which health conditions are being stigmatized more than the others, and why?” most of the health conditions that were stigmatized were communicated that way because of society and religious beliefs. The research process was quite complex and required a lot of tweet revising and exclusion due to the fact that a big number of tweets were not considered within the criteria that were set for the tweet collection so the number of tweets declined. The result showed that the rather “dangerous” and “infectious” conditions were the most stigmatized. The research process also tackled some limitations; The reason behind those limitations was the criteria or tweet rates upon which the tweets were chosen. 3
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Problem Definition: Stigma is thought to be more dominant in illnesses seeming to have uncertain or complex cause to the condition. This partially explains the reason why stigma towards mental health conditions is much higher than it is to physical health conditions since individuals suffering from mental health conditions are seen to be more dangerous in society. For example, AIDs is more stigmatized than cancer due to social beliefs towards society and religion and because its an infectious condition that is rather more dangerous to society.
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