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Article: Suicide news reporting accuracy and stereotyping in Hong Kong

TitleSuicide news reporting accuracy and stereotyping in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsMedia
Psychological Autopsy
Reporting Accuracy
Stereotyping
Suicide
Issue Date2012
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jad
Citation
Journal Of Affective Disorders, 2012, v. 141 n. 2-3, p. 270-275 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: The mass 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. Methods: Data from 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 cases' profile and risk factors. Results: The age, 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 newspapers' accuracy. Media stereotyping of gender-specific suicide and charcoal-burning suicide was identified. Limitations: The study was based on a HK sample so the findings are not necessarily applicable elsewhere. Conclusions: The HK 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. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172297
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.57
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.927
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dc.contributor.authorCheng, Qen_US
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:21:13Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:21:13Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Affective Disorders, 2012, v. 141 n. 2-3, p. 270-275en_US
dc.identifier.issn0165-0327en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172297-
dc.description.abstractBackground: The mass 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. Methods: Data from 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 cases' profile and risk factors. Results: The age, 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 newspapers' accuracy. Media stereotyping of gender-specific suicide and charcoal-burning suicide was identified. Limitations: The study was based on a HK sample so the findings are not necessarily applicable elsewhere. Conclusions: The HK 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. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jaden_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Affective Disordersen_US
dc.subjectMediaen_US
dc.subjectPsychological Autopsyen_US
dc.subjectReporting Accuracyen_US
dc.subjectStereotypingen_US
dc.subjectSuicideen_US
dc.titleSuicide news reporting accuracy and stereotyping in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityYip, PSF=rp00596en_US
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltexten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jad.2012.03.036en_US
dc.identifier.pmid22608053-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84867580367en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000311237700020-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridCheng, Q=37053342400en_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridYip, PSF=7102503720en_US
dc.identifier.citeulike10680707-

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