Print Media Coverage of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Content Analysis of Three Major Korean Newspapers

Title
Print Media Coverage of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Content Analysis of Three Major Korean Newspapers
Author
김대호
Keywords
Stress Disorder; Post-Traumatic; Newspapers; Advertisements; Public Awareness
Issue Date
2013-07
Publisher
KOREAN ACAD MEDICAL SCIENCES, 302 75 DONG DU ICHON, DONG YONGSAN KU, SEOUL 140 031, SOUTH KOREA
Citation
Journal of Korean medical science : JKMS , 28, 7, 1077 - 1082
Abstract
The print media is still one of major sources for health-related information. To shed light on how the media accurately delivers information for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we searched the newspaper articles and analyzed their contents for accuracy in the description of symptoms, causes, and treatment of PTSD. The articles featuring PSTD were searched from the very first available to 2010 at on-line search systems of three major Korean newspapers. A total of 123 articles appeared and the first article appeared in 1984. The number of articles steadily increased till the early 2000s but we found the robust increase in the late 2000s. Among the mentioned symptoms of PTSD: re-experience (39%) was most common, followed by avoidance or numbing (28%) and hyperarousal (22%). Of the 29 articles mentioning treatment of PTSD, 13 mentioned psychotherapy only and 11 mentioned both psychotherapy and medication equally. However, the psychotherapies mentioned were non-specific and only five articles mentioned any empirically supported therapies. The number of articles on PTSD in Korean newspapers has continually increased during the last three decades. However, the quality of information on the treatment of PTSD was questionable.
URI
https://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3346/jkms.2013.28.7.1077http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/45269
ISSN
1011-8934
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2013.28.7.1077
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