Feature Films and Disability: A Descriptive Study Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to expand an earlier study (Byrd & Pipes, 1981) on feature films. Films reviewed in volumes 43 through 50 of the Monthly Film Bulletin were selected as the sample to be studied. A total of 1,051 films were reviewed. Of that total, 11.4% (n=120) depicted a disability. The largest disability category was 'psychiatric disorder' (n=67). Men (n=104) played the roles of disabled persons significantly more frequently than women (n=44). Significantly larger numbers of films were judged to be negative (n=98) than positive (n=22), based on the researcher's judgments of the critics' reviews.

author list (cited authors)

  • Byrd, E. K., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 13

publication date

  • January 1985