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ERIC Number: EJ869520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
The Family Bubble, Achievement Gap, and Development as Competition: Media Frames on Youth
O'Neil, Moira
New Directions for Youth Development, n124 p39-49 Win 2009
Identifying persistent media frames through a cognitive media analysis is an important step in the empirical measurement of public thinking about social issues. Based on a recent media analysis of racial disparities as they pertain to youth in major U.S. newspapers, this article explains three frames that were persistently evoked in media coverage of youth issues: the family bubble frame--the idea that parents are solely responsible for child outcomes; youth development as a competitive race--the idea that the overarching goal of educational and social development is to make youth more successful than their peers; and the understanding of disparities as achievement gaps. Together these frames promote individualistic understanding of social problems related to youth and limit imaginable solutions to policies that fix individuals rather than broken systems. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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