ERIC Number: EJ903408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Suicide Coverage in U.S. Newspapers following the Publication of the Media Guidelines
Tatum, Phillip T.; Canetto, Silvia Sara; Slater, Michael D.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n5 p524-534 Oct 2010
A nationally representative sample of 968 local and national newspapers was examined to determine whether the 2001 U.S. media guidelines were followed in articles published in 2002-2003, and featuring individual cases of suicidal behavior (N = 157). We found that, during this period of time, U.S. newspaper suicide coverage did not consistently reflect the influence of the media guidelines. On the positive side, only 19% of stories included inappropriate imagery. On the negative side, suicide stories often detailed suicide method (56% of stories) and location (58%), and rarely provided information about warning signs and risk factors (1%), the roles of depression (4%) and alcohol (2%), and prevention resources (6%). Our findings, together with previous evidence, suggest the need for sustained dialogue with the media about suicide reporting.
Descriptors: Suicide, Risk, Guidelines, Depression (Psychology), Newspapers, Mass Media, Imagery, News Reporting, Role, Alcohol Abuse, Prevention
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