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Article: Newspaper reporting of suicide cases in Hong Kong

TitleNewspaper reporting of suicide cases in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2004
PublisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/
Citation
Crisis, 2004, v. 25 n. 4, p. 161-168 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study addresses the concerns over newspapers' reporting of suicide cases in Hong Kong, SAR (Special Administrative Region), using the WHO guidelines on the reporting of suicide news as a reference for comparison. We compared the official suicide information extracted from the Coroner's Court for the year 2000 with newspaper reports on suicides taken from five major Chinese local newspapers, which accounted for about 80% of the total circulation in Hong Kong. The type of newspaper reporting on suicides was also examined. Newspapers tended to report on those suicide victims who suffered relationship problems, whereas those who had family problems were significantly underreported. Among the suicides reported in the newspapers, 6.2% were found on the front page and the majority of the reports were presented pictorially. The reporting of suicides was selective and the coverage was incomplete, with student suicides reported excessively. The method of reporting for Hong Kong newspapers was not in line with the recommendations of the WHO or international best practices on presenting suicide news. For this reason we recommend a partnership approach with active participation from the media on suicide prevention so that communication professionals can proactively participate in suicide prevention work more effectively.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176005
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.527
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.638
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dc.contributor.authorAu, JSKen_US
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_US
dc.contributor.authorLaw, YWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-26T09:04:17Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-26T09:04:17Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.citationCrisis, 2004, v. 25 n. 4, p. 161-168en_US
dc.identifier.issn0227-5910en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176005-
dc.description.abstractThis study addresses the concerns over newspapers' reporting of suicide cases in Hong Kong, SAR (Special Administrative Region), using the WHO guidelines on the reporting of suicide news as a reference for comparison. We compared the official suicide information extracted from the Coroner's Court for the year 2000 with newspaper reports on suicides taken from five major Chinese local newspapers, which accounted for about 80% of the total circulation in Hong Kong. The type of newspaper reporting on suicides was also examined. Newspapers tended to report on those suicide victims who suffered relationship problems, whereas those who had family problems were significantly underreported. Among the suicides reported in the newspapers, 6.2% were found on the front page and the majority of the reports were presented pictorially. The reporting of suicides was selective and the coverage was incomplete, with student suicides reported excessively. The method of reporting for Hong Kong newspapers was not in line with the recommendations of the WHO or international best practices on presenting suicide news. For this reason we recommend a partnership approach with active participation from the media on suicide prevention so that communication professionals can proactively participate in suicide prevention work more effectively.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofCrisisen_US
dc.subject.meshCoroners And Medical Examiners - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshFamily - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshGuidelines As Topicen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshInterpersonal Relationsen_US
dc.subject.meshNewspapers - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshStudents - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshSuicide - Prevention & Control - Psychology - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshWorld Health Organizationen_US
dc.titleNewspaper reporting of suicide cases in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLaw, YW: flawhk@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1027/0227-5910.25.4.161en_US
dc.identifier.pmid15580851-
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dc.identifier.volume25en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.spage161en_US
dc.identifier.epage168en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridLaw, YW=7006095381en_US

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