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Article: Newspaper reporting of suicides in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou: Compliance with WHO media guidelines and epidemiological comparisons

TitleNewspaper reporting of suicides in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou: Compliance with WHO media guidelines and epidemiological comparisons
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Issue Date2011
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2011, v. 65 n. 10, p. 928-933 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Media guidelines for suicide reporting are available in many countries. However, to what extent the mass media comply with the guidelines is unknown. Few studies are available that investigate systematically whether the mass media reflect the epidemiological reality of suicide deaths in their articles. Methods: Based on the WHO media guidelines, this study investigated the characteristics of newspaper articles of suicides in three Chinese communities, namely Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou. Epidemiological comparisons were conducted to identify the age and gender differences between the suicide victims as reported in the newspapers and the official records of suicide deaths in all three places. Results: The results found that one media characteristic complied with the WHO media guidelines (ie, only about 2% of the articles were printed on the front page), but there were a number of instances of non-compliance (ie, only 4-14% provided sources for help-seeking and 27-90% printed with photos). The epidemiological comparisons revealed an over-representation of younger suicides and an under-representation of late-life suicides in the newspapers of all three places. Furthermore, female suicides were found to be under-reported in Taiwan and Guangzhou newspapers, but not in Hong Kong papers. Conclusion: Non-compliant suicide articles are prevalent in the newspapers of these three Chinese settings. The observed media misrepresentations may potentially mislead the public and the policy makers about the actual risk for suicide in some demographic groups.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142509
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.865
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.890
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Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
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This work was supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, YYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T02:49:52Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-28T02:49:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2011, v. 65 n. 10, p. 928-933en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0143-005Xen_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142509-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Media guidelines for suicide reporting are available in many countries. However, to what extent the mass media comply with the guidelines is unknown. Few studies are available that investigate systematically whether the mass media reflect the epidemiological reality of suicide deaths in their articles. Methods: Based on the WHO media guidelines, this study investigated the characteristics of newspaper articles of suicides in three Chinese communities, namely Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou. Epidemiological comparisons were conducted to identify the age and gender differences between the suicide victims as reported in the newspapers and the official records of suicide deaths in all three places. Results: The results found that one media characteristic complied with the WHO media guidelines (ie, only about 2% of the articles were printed on the front page), but there were a number of instances of non-compliance (ie, only 4-14% provided sources for help-seeking and 27-90% printed with photos). The epidemiological comparisons revealed an over-representation of younger suicides and an under-representation of late-life suicides in the newspapers of all three places. Furthermore, female suicides were found to be under-reported in Taiwan and Guangzhou newspapers, but not in Hong Kong papers. Conclusion: Non-compliant suicide articles are prevalent in the newspapers of these three Chinese settings. The observed media misrepresentations may potentially mislead the public and the policy makers about the actual risk for suicide in some demographic groups.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Epidemiology and Community Healthen_HK
dc.rightsJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.-
dc.subject.meshEpidemiologic Studies-
dc.subject.meshGuideline Adherence-
dc.subject.meshNewspapers - standards-
dc.subject.meshSuicide - statistics and numerical data-
dc.subject.meshWorld Health Organization-
dc.titleNewspaper reporting of suicides in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou: Compliance with WHO media guidelines and epidemiological comparisonsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, YY: yychan@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jech.2009.105650en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume65en_HK
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