New study by Sei-Hill Kim, of University of South Carolina, and Matthew W. Telleen, of Elizabethtown College, examine how American news media have framed the question of who is responsible for causing and fixing the school bullying problem. The analysis is limited to the years between 1999 and 2010.
Former research shows that the cause of bullying is bullies and their families, and that they are also responsible for fixing the problem. However, in the news coverage, the media referred significantly more often to victims and their families than to bullies and their families when talking about both causes and solutions. Also teachers and schools were held responsible.
The article is called Talking about school bullying: News framing of who is responsible for causing and fixing the problem and it is published online before print by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Read the article here.
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