CRIMES AND VIOLENCE IN TELEVISION NEWS AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF VIEWERS IN PAKISTAN

Erum Hafeez


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22555/pbr.v19i3.1641

Abstract


This research aims to study the psychological effects of the
news coverage of violent crimes on television viewers in Pakistan. It
seeks to investigate how such coverage is likely to influence the mental
health of the audience. Total 392 news viewers from diverse age, gender
and professional backgrounds are sampled following the nonprobability
convenience and voluntary sampling techniques. The
sampled participants are investigated over a period of six months (i.e.
from June 2016 to December 2016) through a carefully-designed
questionnaire based on the Mental Health Inventory (MHI-38) to assess
the effects of excessive and concentrated news viewing. The findings
of the study indicate that there is significant positive correlation
between the frequency and duration of mediated exposure to real-life
violence and mental distress which is measured in terms of anxiety,
depression and emotional instability.


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