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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Genevieve Arnaut

Second Advisor

David S Nichols


Television news media, in the form of local and national broadcasts, are common means for entertainment as well as learning about the society in which we live. Sensationalized media may cause viewers to misjudge their perception of risk in the environment, particularly regarding crime victimization and disasters such as terrorism, resulting in increased stress after exposure. In this review of the literature, the concepts that individuals with psychotic illness may incorporate information from the news media into delusional ideas or may experience stress that may in turn lead to a relapse of illness are examined.