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 医療ドラマが健康への心配を増強させる
画像 ベルギー研究者によれば、ER, Casualty , Holby City などで演じられた悲劇や医療恐怖が意識下に影響を及ぼす可能性があるという。
 1,300人のティーンエイジャーに質問をしたところ、医療ドラマを見て心配事が増大したという結果となった。病気についての心配や悩みがティーンエイジャーには多い。テレビのイメージが病気の恐怖に大きく関係し、特に女子で強く年齢が高いほど強い。長期的影響も調査する必要がある。
 医療ドラマは以前はあまり知られていない病気に注意を引きつけることで賞賛されたが、非現実的な蘇生などにも関心が寄せられてしまっていた。
 BBCの"Casualty"は週平均で700万人が見るといったように、人気が高い。
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Page last updated at 11:33 GMT, Wednesday, 10 September 2008 12:33 UK
Medical TV 'feeds health fears'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7607755.stm

画像Scene from Casualty
Could watching hospital drama damage your health?

A taste for television hospital drama might make you more fearful about your own health, say psychologists.

Belgian researchers said the tragedies and medical horrors played out on ER, Casualty and Holby City may have a subliminal influence.
They quizzed 1,300 teenagers about their viewing habits, and found worries increased among those watching more medical drama.
A UK expert said fretting about illness was particularly common in teenagers.

The findings revealed that exposure to television images of medical characters was strongly associated with fear of illness
Dr Jan Van Mierlo
Hasselt University

The three year research project was presented to a British Psychological Society meeting in Bath on Wednesday.
The level of health fear measured in the teenagers grew by as much as 10% after a diet of hospital programmes, and girls appeared to be more affected than boys.
Even hospital documentary programmes, and news reports about health, were implicated.
Dr Jan Van Mierlo, from Hasselt University, said that further research was needed into the long-term impact of television.
"The findings revealed that exposure to television images of medical characters was strongly associated with fear of illness.
"Specifically, fear of illness increased with age and girls were more afraid of illness than boys.
"Future research should examine the long-term impact of specific types of medical TV programme on fear of illness, such as medical documentaries, reality programmes and hospital dramas as these could potentially be doing as much harm as good.
"It's a subliminal relationship, something you take away from these programmes."
Protecting the young
Medical dramas have been praised in the past for helping to draw attention to little-known conditions - but also attracted flak for their "unrealistic" depictions of heart attacks and the success of resuscitation.
They remain a popular part of the schedules - the BBC's "Casualty" attracts an average of seven million viewers per week.
Dr Cynthia McVey, Head of Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, said that teenagers might be vulnerable to the storylines and imagery in medical programmes.
She said: "We do still try to protect our children from the idea of illness and death, and if they see a lot of programmes where grannies, mothers and aunties are dying, this may affect them.
"Teenagers do tend to be particularly self-obsessed, perhaps because of the changes in their bodies, so might be prone to these worries."
However, she added: "There is still the possibility that teenagers with an existing morbid fascination towards these themes might be drawn to watch medical dramas, so it does not necessarily prove that the programmes have caused the problem."

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TV medical programmes make people sick
http://www.bps.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/releases$/division-of-health-psychology/tv-medical-programmes-make-people-sick.cfm
Watching TV programmes about illness can increase viewers’ fear of illness.

This is the finding of a study that was presented on the 10 September 2008 at The British Psychology Society’s Division of Health Psychology conference in Bath by Dr. Jan Van Mierlo of Hasselt University, Belgium.

There is a common perception that having certain illnesses either discussed on TV or acted out as part of a drama helps the general public understand and become more informed. This study focussed on whether exposing people to different types of illnesses on TV would make them more aware or make them more afraid.

Researchers questioned 1,275 adolescents were questioned about the amount of TV and the type of TV programmes they watched; they were also questioned about their own fears and perceptions of illness.

Dr Van Mierlo concluded: "The findings revealed that exposure to television images of medical characters was strongly associated with fear of illness. Specifically, fear of illness increased with age and girls were more afraid of illness than boys.

"Future research should examine the long-term impact of specific types of medical TV programme on fear of illness, such as medical documentaries, reality programmes and hospital dramas as these could potentially be doing as much harm as good."

More than 700 psychologists from the UK, Europe and further are gathering at the University of Bath from 9 - 12 September 2008 for the joint European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology Conference 2008.

The conference, themed ‘Behaviour, Health and Healthcare: From Physiology to Policy’, will look at how psychology can be applied at individual and group level to promote health, and even prevent illness, at a national level.

Ends

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joanna Colburn, Public Relations officer, British Psychological Society. Tel: 0116 2529904, email Joanna.colburn@bps.org.uk

Ref: PR1481

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