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Sex and relationship education and the media: an analysis of national and regional newspaper coverage in England

By P. Kingori, K. Wellings, R. French, R. Kane, M. Gerresu and J. Stephenson


Newspapers are recognised as a major source of factual information. The media representation of issues related to teenage pregnancy is important to policy makers and those delivering related interventions. This is particularly so in relation to issues which may be seen as sensitive by the\ud public, such as sex and relationship education (SRE). Despite general recognition of the importance of the media in communicating to the public, there is an absence of satisfactory tools with which to evaluate newspaper reports, particularly so in the field of SRE. In this paper we present a systematic examination of newspaper articles related to SRE from September 2000 to September 2002, in the national and regional press in England. Our analysis has highlighted some important distinctions between newspaper type, spokesperson and region. This paper concludes that a pro-active strategy of directly contacting high circulation newspapers with a view to positively influencing the tone of relevant articles and reports would be of considerable benefit to those involved in SRE, teenage pregnancy and related interventions

Topics: L431 Health Policy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1080/14681810410001678301
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