Reality TV as Therapy

Hamilton, Jenny (2013) Reality TV as Therapy. Therapy Today, 24 (5). pp. 14-17. ISSN 1748-7846

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This article examines the therapeutic possibilities of the emerging genre of reality television therapy (RTVT) – a term proposed here to describe commercial programming that features therapeutic interventions with members of the public. These programmes, which include shows such as Dr Phil, Celebrity Rehab, Hoarders, The Biggest Loser USA, Losing it with Jillian, Intervention and Supernanny, call in coaches and therapists to address issues ranging from relationship problems and parenting issues to addiction, obesity and compulsive hoarding. They are watched by millions of viewers worldwide. Yet little if any research has been conducted on their therapeutic value for their audiences.

Additional Information:This is an industry publication for counsellors and psychotherapists rather than an academic journal.
Keywords:Reality TV, Film Therapy, Counselling, Psychological therapy, Self Help
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P301 Television studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:05 Sep 2022 07:48

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