‘This neo- natal ménage à trois’: British media framing of transnational surrogacy

van den Akker, Olga and Fronek, Patricia and Blyth, Eric and Frith, Lucy (2016) ‘This neo- natal ménage à trois’: British media framing of transnational surrogacy. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34 (1). pp. 15-27. ISSN 0264-6838

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Abstract

Background: Media framing can influence people’s perceptions of social changes in family building, and has the potential to influence their future actions.

Objectives: to analyse the type of framing and construction used in British news print of transnational commercial surrogacy.

Methods: UK newspapers were searched using the search engine Lexis-Nexis. One hundred ninety seven articles were analysed. Content analysis was undertaken to identify the use of gain, loss, neutral, alarm and vulnerability frames, as well as type of construction (i.e. ethical, social, legal, financial and medical). Four researchers independently analysed articles using a coding strategy.

Results: Differences between serious (mainly legal, financial), middle market (legal) and tabloid (social, financial) newspapers were found. There were three main foci; buying babies - affordable only to those wealthy enough to pay for it; the legal complications of transnational surrogacy - reporting a sense of the legal system lagging behind this practice; and gay families - repeatedly questioning their suitability as parents - demonstrating a prevailing heterosexual stereotype about reproduction and parenting. Conclusions: Stereotyping was prevalent and the welfare of children and medical aspects of transnational surrogacy were minimally addressed, indicating the media selectively influences its readership.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 17 Nov 2015
Keywords (uncontrolled): Surrogacy, Transnational, Commercial, Commissioning, British, Media
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 18959
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology on 17/11/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02646838.2015.1106454
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 08:08
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18959

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