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Psychiatria Danubina, Vol.25 No.2 June 2013. -

Background: Identification with a media character is an influential factor for the effects of a media product on the recipient, but

still very little is known about this cognitive process. This study investigated to what extent identification of a recipient with the

suicidal protagonist of a film drama is influenced by the similarity between them in terms of sex, age, and education as well as by the

viewer’s empathy and suicidality.

Subjects and methods: Sixty adults were assigned randomly to one of two film groups. Both groups watched a drama that

concluded with the tragic suicide of the protagonist. Identification, empathy, suicidality, as well as socio-demographic data were

measured by questionnaires that were applied before and after the movie screening.

Results: Results indicated that identification was not associated with socio-demographic similarity or the viewer’s suicidality.

However, the greater the subjects’ empathy was, the more they identified with the protagonist in one of the two films.

Conclusions: This investigation provides evidence that challenges the common assumption that identification with a film

character is automatically generated when viewer and protagonist are similar in terms of sex, age, education or attitude.

film – suicide – identification – empathy - socio-demographic similarity



Autor: Benedikt Till - ; Department of General Practice and Family Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Vie

Fuente: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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