The difficulties of a good quality scientific information on psychology in the mass media

Author/s Paolo Migone
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/115
Language Italian Pages 9 P. 56-64 File size 309 KB
DOI 10.3280/RT2010-115006
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The reasons why it is difficult to find good quality information on psychology and psychotherapy in the mass media are discussed. Newspapers, popular magazines and TV programs too often disseminate information on psychotherapy that is of low quality, incorrect, or only aiming at attracting interest at any cost. As examples, two articles published in two Italian monthly popular magazines are presented and critically discussed on the basis of the evidence published in the scientific literature.

Keywords: Mass media, presentation of scientific information to non-professionals, psychology, psychotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy

Paolo Migone, Problemi di psicoterapia in "RUOLO TERAPEUTICO (IL)" 115/2010, pp 56-64, DOI: 10.3280/RT2010-115006