ERIC Number: ED363991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Newspaper Images and Messages: People with Disabilities.
Catlett, Susan M.; And Others
This study reviewed, over 2 years, all newspaper articles related to persons with disabilities in two major city newspapers with circulations of more than 500,000 (the Houston Post and the Los Angeles Times). The newspapers were reviewed to uncover trends and themes in the articles which reflected subtleties of views toward persons with disabilities. Content analysis of the 227 articles included both manifest content and latent content (the undertone or mood of the article). Results indicated that most articles revealed logical fallacies and did not portray persons with disabilities realistically but rather either as having superhuman characteristics or as deserving of pity. A few articles, however, portrayed persons with disabilities as competent members of society. People with disabilities and their advocates are urged to communicate their concerns to the media and to promote guidelines for the realistic portrayal of persons with disabilities in the media. A sample set of guidelines is attached. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Houston Post; Los Angeles Times
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation (117th, Washington, DC, June 1-5, 1993).