Adolescents View Overwhelming Lack of Empathy for Popular TV Characters Experiencing Pain

Posted Interview with:Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsychProfessor of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of CalgaryFull Member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute andHotchkiss Brain InstituteDirector, Alberta Children’s Pain Research Labat the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation CentreAlberta Children’s Hospital in Canada. What are the main findings of the study? Response: We examined 10 movies and the first seasons of 6 TV Netflix shows based on popularity among adolescents.   Across the 616 scenes showing painful events, the majority showed violence and injuries and not the kinds of pain kids experience in real life (e.g., medical procedures, chronic pain. Characters from marginalized (gender diverse, girls) and minoritized groups (individuals with racialized identities) were underrepresented. Overall, there was an overwhelming LACK of empathy shown to characters observing others in pain. The media perpetuated gender and racialized stereotypes. Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by

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