Representations of voluntary childlessness in the UK Press, 1990-2008


Representations of voluntary childlessness — the declaration by an individual that he or she does not wish to bear or raise children — were studied in 116 articles published in British national newspapers in the period 1990—2008. Media framing analysis was used to examine broad patterns of framing of the topic, identifying four frames: voluntary childlessness as an individual rights issue, as a form of resistance, as a social trend, and as a personal decision. These frames, it is argued, may act as potential ‘scripts’ for newspaper readers who are debating the decision to start a family.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Uncontrolled Keywords: framing,lifestyles,media representations,parenting,reproduction,Applied Psychology
Full Text Link: http://hpq.sage ... 8/1218.abstract
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2009-11
Authors: Giles, David
Shaw, Rachel L. ( 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Morgan, William


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