The role of Media in reporting child abuse

Authors: Saint-Jacques, Marie-ChristineVilleneuve, PatrickTurcotte, DanielDrapeau, SylvieIvers, Hans
Abstract: This study looks at the short-term impact that the media coverage of children in need of protection had on the number of cases reported to child protection agencies. The number of reports (N = 11,646) made to these agencies in Canada was tallied each week during a 24-month period. During the same period, a content analysis of print media was conducted regarding child maltreatment and/or child protection services (CPS) to identify and count the number of articles published (N = 1,211) and single out media frenzy events. Results show a statistically significant relationship between media coverage and the number of cases reported to child protection agencies.
Issue Date: 30 November 2011
Open Access Date: 11 April 2016
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/741
This document was published in: Journal of Social Service Research, Vol. 38 (3), 292–304 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2011.627232
Haworth Press
Alternative version: 10.1080/01488376.2011.627232
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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