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Media Coverage of Children in Care and „out-of-home” Care: Content Analysis of Croatian Daily Newspapers

Stjepka Popović orcid id ; Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities, University of Rijeka – School of Medicine
Kristina Kampić ; University of Rijeka – School of Medicine

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Media reports of children in care and “out-of-home” care can have an impact on attitudes towards children, caregivers, institutions and people who work in the system of care. The main objective of this study was to determine to what extent and how Croatian daily newspapers presented children in care and various forms of “out-of-home” care during 2014. Quantitative content analysis of printed newspaper articles (Croatian national (1) and regional (3) daily newspapers) was conducted. Children in care and “out-of-home” care are rarely covered (n = 78), media coverage is mostly focused on negative stories, and “episodic” or “case based”. Children are predominantly portrayed as “poor children”, victims of parental confl ict, neglect and domestic violence. News media still violate children’s right to privacy and participation in the media, often using sensational content and style. Of all forms of “out-of-home” care, only news of foster care are presented in a positive context.

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children in care, “out-of-home” care, media coverage, media presentation

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