Evaluating Illness in Women's Magazines

McKay, S. and Bonner, F. (2002) Evaluating Illness in Women's Magazines. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 21 1: 53-67. doi:10.1177/0261927X02021001004

Author McKay, S.
Bonner, F.
Title Evaluating Illness in Women's Magazines
Journal name Journal of Language and Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-927X
Publication date 2002-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0261927X02021001004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 67
Total pages 15
Editor Giles, H.
Bradac, J.
Place of publication Avon, England
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 400104 Communication and Media Studies
420300 Cultural Studies
751004 The media
Abstract Traditionally, mass-market women’s magazines have been a significant source of health information for their readers and include information about raising children, maintaining health, and growing older as well as dealing with grief, chronic illness, and disability. This information occurs in medical information articles, advice columns, and stories that relate the personal experience of illness.This study focuses on the last category, personal illness narratives, and looks at these stories over the past 20 years in three high-circulation Australian mass-market magazines to investigate their characteristics and possible functions. The approach used is qualitative with an emphasis on textual features and discourse structures and investigates the evaluation phase of the narratives. It finds four major themes in the evaluations and suggests that these are used to demonstrate the resilience of the human condition and to give inspiration to the readers.
Keyword personal narrative
Q-Index Code C1

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