Gender display in Scandinavian and American advertising for antidepressants

Title: Gender display in Scandinavian and American advertising for antidepressants

Year: 1999

Journal / Publication: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health

Volume: 27

Issue: 4

Pages: 306 – 310

Authors:

Lövdahl, Ulrica

Riska, Asa

Riska, Elianne

Abstract:

This study examines whether depiction of users of antidepressants in advertisements for antidepressants in the 1995 issues of the major medical journal in each of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden differs from that in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The results show that the people shown in the Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian journals are predominantly women, whereas depiction of users in the American and Swedish advertising is predominantly of couples. The portrayals in the 1995 advertising are of antidepressants as female gendered; a feature that was not seen in advertising for psychotropic drugs in the Nordic countries in the 1980s.

Link: http://sjp.sagepub.com/content/27/4/306.abstract

Keywords:

Psychotropic Drugs

Antidepressants

Advertising

Gender

Gender Display