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
Date Written: July 7, 2012
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
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