Intimate partner violence and health provider training and screening in the news

Jennifer A. Manganello, Daniel Webster, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence is a significant women's health issue. Since the news media can play a role in policy development, it is important to understand how newspapers have portrayed training and screening. The purpose of this study was to describe the frequency and nature of print news coverage of health issues related to partner violence, specifically, provider training and screening by health providers. We conducted a content analysis on articles obtained from major city and state capital daily newspapers from 20 states. News articles and editorialsmentioning intimate partner violence and provider training and screening were examined for the years 1994 through 2001 (N = 188). Results showed that print news coverage was limited and received low levels of attention, indicating little potential to influence either policy or individual behavior. However, when the issue was covered, little debate or controversy was present, and a broad discussion of the issue was generally provided. News coverage of training and screening could be improved by increasing dissemination of research results, illustrating the policy implications of these issues, and offering resource information to women experiencing violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalWomen and Health
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 14 2006

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • News

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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