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ERIC Number: EJ844472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Portrayals of People with Cerebral Palsy in Homicide News
Lucardie, Richard; Sobsey, Dick
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v33 n1-2 p99-128 2005
Through content analysis, employing qualitative and quantitative methods, Canadian media representation of people with cerebral palsy (PWCP) in public life was examined. Canadian NewsDisc, an online biographic database service, was used to examine the use of stigmatizing language such as afflicted by, afflicted with, suffered from, suffers from, or suffering from within the context of cerebral palsy. Between January 1994 and December 2000, 3939 media stories indexed included the term cerebral palsy. Stigmatizing language was significantly more frequently used within the context of homicide and cerebral palsy. In 94.74% of media stories, the terms mercy killing or euthanasia were used within the context of Tracy Latimer's homicide. While the Latimer case provided an extreme example of the media associating stigmatizing terms with the killing of PWCP, the same association was made in other cases. Results from this study are discussed in terms of self-categorization theory, media effect, and factors associated with discrimination against PWCP. (Contains 4 tables.)
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada