The effect of television news items on intimate partner violence murders

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Title: The effect of television news items on intimate partner violence murders
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Torrubiano Domínguez, Jordi | Álvarez-Dardet, Carlos
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Battered women | Copycat | Femicide | Mass media
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Date Created: 2009
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: VIVES CASES, Carmen; TORRUBIANO DOMÍNGUEZ, Jordi; ÁLVAREZ-DARDET DÍAZ, Carlos. "The effect of television news items on intimate partner violence murders". The European Journal of Public Health. Advance Access published June 23, 2009. ISSN 1101-1262, pp. 1-5
Abstract: Background: This study has been carried out in order to explore the effect of the growing appearance of IPV in television news items on deaths by this cause. Methods: Ecological study based on 340 deaths by intimate partner violence (IPV) and 3733 television news items covering this topic on Spanish television channels (2003 and 2007). Logistic regression analysis was carried out. Dependent variable: the difference between the number of IPV deaths in the 7 days following a news item broadcast and the number of IPV deaths in the 7 days before a media item. This outcome variable was conceptualised as a binary variable: increase vs. no increase. Independent variables: days with IPV news items— in general, concerning deaths, measures or other IPV crimes. Adjusted variables: day of the week, month, year and public holidays. Results: A small copycat effect was observed in the IPV murder rate (RR = 1.32, CI95% = 1.07 1.62) for IPV-related news item days compared with days without such news. This effect continued when information about deaths was broadcast (RR = 1.28, CI95% = 1.01 1.62). News items concerning measures (RR = 0.90, CI95% = 0.82 0.98) or other IPV crimes (0.84, CI95% = 0.82 0.98) were related to a lower possibility of an increase in deaths compared with days with death-related news. Conclusion: Given the results observed in the case of IPV-related news, there is an evident need to develop a journalistic style guide in order to determine what type of information is recommended due to the potential positive or negative effects.
Sponsor: ISC-III (project entitled ‘Gender Violence, Mass Media and copycat effect’) and the Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumption sponsorship of the Women’s Health Observatory.
ISSN: 1101-1262 (Print) | 1464-360X (Online)
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckp086
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved
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