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Suicide news reporting accuracy and stereotyping in Hong Kong
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Cheng، نويسنده , , Qijin and Yip، نويسنده , , Paul S.F.، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2012
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Background ss media are often criticized for oversimplifying the causes of suicide and overlooking some of the risk factors. However, there is a lack of empirical evidence to support this assertion. The study aims to examine the accuracy of news reports in Hong Kong (HK) and in particular whether or not such reports stereotype victims according to gender and suicide method. s rom a case–control psychological autopsy (PA) study of 150 HK suicides were utilized. The reports of the PA cases from five major HK newspapers were collected and reviewed to identify whether or not there was a match in terms of the casesʹ profile and risk factors. s e, gender, and method of the suicides were largely reported correctly (> 70%) but accounts of risk factors were seldom accurate (< 46%). No significant difference was found between tabloid- and non-tabloid-type newspapersʹ accuracy. Media stereotyping of gender-specific suicide and charcoal-burning suicide was identified. tions udy was based on a HK sample so the findings are not necessarily applicable elsewhere. sions mass media generally demonstrated poor accuracy in reporting suicide risk factors. Their reporting was also problematic in terms of stereotyping gender- and method-specific suicides. Clinical practitioners should be alerted to these findings when working with the media. They can also adopt this novel usage of PA data to extract further information from other PA studies and thereby broaden the investigation of reporting accuracy and stereotyping of suicide to more diverse social contexts.
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MEDIA , Reporting accuracy , stereotyping , SUICIDE , Psychological autopsy
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Journal of Affective Disorders
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Journal of Affective Disorders
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