The Psychiatric Implications of Media Ethics Code Policies Regarding the Publication of Child Abuse Victim Data: A Universal Deontological Model Code

16 U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy 427, Summer 2012

30 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013

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William Wesley Patton

Whittier Law School; UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Date Written: July 7, 2012

Abstract

This article examines several assumptions in dozens of countries’ and private corporate and organizational media ethics codes regarding child victims and demonstrates that those generalizations are both false and how they increase child victims’ mental health problems. Finally, this article proposes a model universal media ethics code for reporting on child victims which is consistent with the psychiatric literature regarding that vulnerable population.

Keywords: child abuse, juveniles, mental health, media, ethics, child and adolescent psychiatry

Suggested Citation

Patton, William Wesley, The Psychiatric Implications of Media Ethics Code Policies Regarding the Publication of Child Abuse Victim Data: A Universal Deontological Model Code (July 7, 2012). 16 U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy 427, Summer 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2360320

William Wesley Patton (Contact Author)

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