The Structure and Content of Social Representations of Lawyers, Psychologists and Journalists about Mentally Ill People



the various professional groups of young people. This study involved 60 people aged 20 to 30 years (50% of respondents were girls, 50% were boys), specializing in psychology, law and journalism. We used semi-structured interview, associative method with elements of ranking and emotional attitude, and drawing techniques. We tested the following hypotheses: 1) the social representations of the mentally ill people contain elements with negative valence in all investigated occupational groups of young people; 2) social representations of the mentally ill people are based on such constructs as "otherness"; treatment (hospital, pills, experts); disease (synonyms, names of diseases, symptoms); the attitude of society; 3) social representations of the mentally ill people of lawyers and journalists are simpler and more consistent than those of psychologists. These hypotheses were supported by the empirical results.

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Keywords: social representations, mentally ill people, structure of social representations, professional social representations

Journal rubric: Psychology of Professional Activity


For citation: Yakushenko A.V. The Structure and Content of Social Representations of Lawyers, Psychologists and Journalists about Mentally Ill People [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2015. Vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 122–133. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2015070211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anna V. Yakushenko, postgraduate student, Department of Clinical and Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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