Traffic Accidents in Contemporary Turkish Films A Qualitative Study


AYNA Klinik Psikoloji Dergisi, vol.8, no.3, pp.489-509, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.31682/ayna.784436
  • Journal Name: AYNA Klinik Psikoloji Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.489-509
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No


Traffic accidents can be traumatic events. These traumatic events end up with different psychological reactions such as post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth. Media channels' framing can create social reality about trauma. Thus, examining media channels' framing of traumatic events gains importance. In the current study, examining the framing and content of contemporary Turkish movies, which includes traffic accidents, was aimed. Primary materials of this study were three Turkish movies, namely "Yol Ayrımı", "Müslüm", and "Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi". Thematic Analysis (TA) revealed three themes: namely, "Physical changes", "Psychological changes", and "Interaction with the environment". These three themes had two, five, and three subthemes, respectively. "Physical changes" theme included physiological impacts of the accidents on the characters. "Psychological changes" theme reflected the psychological differences in the characters during pre and post-accident. Finally, the "Interaction with the environment" theme revealed how the characters' relations with the environment changed after having a traffic accident. When the interaction of subthemes was examined, it was found that the subthemes of Psychological changes occur together frequently. This can be interpreted as psychological processes being closely connected with each other. When the three movies were compared, it can be said that Müslüm and Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi generally reflect negative or post-traumatic stress effects of the accident; and Yol Ayrımı generally reflects positive or post-traumatic growth sides of the accident. As a result, while movies reflect reality in some aspects, they cannot cover the parts of the reality in some aspects. The findings were evaluated in the light of the literature.