These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased, and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate Psych Central a Pro-Science source based on publishing evidence-based information regarding psychology. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing through medical journals and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Psych Central was founded by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in 1991, with the website launched in 1995. Psych Central is an independent mental health social network that is overseen by mental health professionals who create and manage all the content published on the site. Their about page states, “Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to individuals struggling with a problem in their lives.”
Funded by / Ownership
Healthline Media which owns other health-related websites, owns and publishes Psych Central. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Psych Central publishes information regarding a variety of psychological conditions as well as news related to psychology. For example, they provide information on ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Addiction, and many more. They also publish quizzes that can be used as an informal diagnosis, such as this: Depression Test. News articles are always properly sourced to credible media outlets or scientific journals and use minimally loaded language such as Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder in Children, and this Study Finds Genetic Link Between Disorders.
Editorially, Psych Central presents with a left-leaning bias as they frequently analyze former President Trump’s personality and behavior, such as this: Donald Trump and the Narcissistic Illusion of Grandiosity. This story is well-sourced and evidence-based.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Psych Central a Pro-Science source based on publishing evidence-based information regarding psychology. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing through medical journals and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/16/2019) Updated (08/24/2022)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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