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Table 1 Primary story themes of articles on mental illness by year with Mantel-Haenszel chi-squared test for trend.

From: Newspaper coverage of mental illness in the UK, 1992-2008

  Year
  1992 (n =321) 2000 (n =433) 2008 (n =607) Trend
Primary story theme % n % n % n χ2 (d.f. = 1) P
Bad news 59 188 44 190 37 222 39.606 < 0.001
   Danger to others 21 66 23 101 14 87 7.950 0.005
   Suicide and self-injury 16 50 5 23 8 48 10.692 0.001
   Victimization and severe mistreatment 13 41 4 16 2 11 47.580 < 0.001
   Strange, inept, or burdensome 10 31 12 50 13 76 1.627 0.202
Good news         
Understanding mental illness 26 85 45 197 50 301 41.096 < 0.001
   Explaining: causes, treatments, prevalence, and symptoms 13 42 29 125 30 182 26.833 < 0.001
Biological 4 13 10 44 7 40 0.761 0.383
Psychosocial 6 20 17 73 19 113 22.151 < 0.001
Not specified 3 9 2 8 5 29 3.765 0.052
   Individuals and groups affected by mental illness 13 43 17 72 20 119 5.820 0.016
Services and advocacy 15 48 11 46 14 84 .020 0.888
   Mental health service inadequacies and improvements 11 34 8 36 10 61 0.004 0.952
   Stigma, discrimination, and public education 4 14 2 10 4 23 0.027 0.871