BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission



Rahma Muhammad Mian, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


The rate of having a probable mental disorder is substantially increasing in children who are not able to cope well with their emotional challenges (NHSMHCYPE, 2021). The current study looks at how well four Disney animated films represent emotional challenges, namely depression and grief, faced by children aged 6-12 years: Big Hero 6 (2014) and The Lion King (1994) for grief, and Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Inside Out (2015) for depression. While the portrayal of grief was evaluated using Baker et al.’s (1992) stages, the portrayal of depression was evaluated using its criteria in the DSM-5 (2013). All four films’ dialogues, settings, transitional moods, and non-verbal cues were subjected to content analysis appropriate to their narrative structures and character analyses. The study concluded that all four films are appropriate resources for teaching children about mental health discourses, at home and in the classroom.


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