How do Australian print media representations of child abuse and neglect inform the public and system reform?

Lonne, Bob & Gillespie, Kerri (2014) How do Australian print media representations of child abuse and neglect inform the public and system reform? Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(5), pp. 837-850.

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The print media play a vital role in informing the public about child abuse and neglect. This information helps build broad support for laws and system developments that enable the state to intervene into private family lives and ensure that children are protected from maltreatment. Print media coverage usually sets the daily media agenda. It therefore influences public understandings of child abuse and neglect and what people believe should be done about it. Media impact on policy agendas should not be underestimated. This article outlines the results of a study of all major Australian newspaper stories covering abuse and neglect matters during an 18-month period in 2008–2009. A range of issues are identified concerning how well these stories inform the public about the nature of the problem and the current national reform agenda for protective systems that promotes early intervention and prevention...

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ID Code: 80865
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child abuse, media, maltreatment
DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.04.021
ISSN: 0145-2134
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Child Abuse & Neglect. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Child Abuse & Neglect, [VOL 38, ISSUE 5, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.04.021
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2015 00:10
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2015 08:50

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