'Schizophrenia' as a metaphor in Greek newspaper websites

Christina Athanasopoulou, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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Often, newspapers use the term 'schizophrenia' as a metaphor with negative connotations. The use of the term in Greek newspapers, has never been investigated. The aim of this study is to examine how the term 'schizophrenia' is used in Greek newspaper websites. For 2014, 'To Vima', 'Kathimerini', and 'Eleftherotypia', were the most popular newspaper websites. By searching the term 'schizophrenia' in Greek, the first fifty results were collected from the three websites (N=150). Deductive content analysis was applied. Out of the included articles (N=140), the majority were news (n=39, 28%), while more than a third (n=48, 34%) reported schizophrenia as a metaphor. The metaphoric use of 'schizophrenia' indicated predominately incoherence/contradiction/split (n=43, 90%). Monitoring how schizophrenia is presented within popular media is crucial, since it could influence public perceptions regarding the disorder. Continual use of schizophrenia as a metaphor could contribute to maintaining the stigma attached to mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrating Information Technology and Management for Quality of Care
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781614994220
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 Jul 201413 Jul 2014


Conference12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014


  • Metaphor
  • Newspaper
  • Online
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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