How Kids With Asthma Are Stigmatized By The Media
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This summer, superheroes like Spider-Man, Batman, and even Snow White will showcase their staggering strengths on the big screen.
A Rutgers-Camden professor says that children with asthma are the real-life superheroes, facing down breathlessness and operating life-saving devices whenever and wherever asthma attacks strike.
Cindy Dell Clark, who teaches anthropology at Rutgers-Camden, recently published research that analyzes Hollywood’s portrayal of children with asthma in the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
According to Clark, Hollywood often depicts children with asthma, the leading chronic illness of U.S. children, as vulnerable characters, not heroes. Showcasing asthma as a form of weakness adds drama to action films and levity to comedies. The habit of stereotyping asthma in movies, her research suggests, should be rethought by Hollywood and its writers.
Clark says the media, as well as other social contexts like school and peers, matter significantly for how the 9% of Americans under 18 with asthma view their illness and commit to its treatment…
- Children with asthma marginalized in movies, says Rutgers-Camden researcher (eurekalert.org)
- Exercise-induced Asthma (michaelviggars.com)
- The Anatomy of an Asthma Attack (everydayhealth.com)
- Web-based tool helps parents improve on kids’ asthma treatment (medicalxpress.com)
- Asthma Treatment/Inhalers (newmexicosinusinstitute.com)
- Stress: A Serious Asthma Trigger (everydayhealth.com)
- Following an Asthma Action Plan (everydayhealth.com)
- What is Asthma? (newmexicosinusinstitute.com)
- The Top 10 Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma in 2012 (treehugger.com)
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