Did 'Joker' movie perpetuate prejudices against those with mental illness?

April 24, 2020

What The Study Did: Researchers in this survey study examined whether watching the 2019 movie "Joker," in which the namesake character is violent and has mental illness, was associated with a change in the level of prejudice toward people with mental illness compared with others who watched another movie.

Authors: Damian Scarf, Ph.D., of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, is the corresponding author.

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(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3423)

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