‘Together … for only a moment’ British newspaper constructions of altruistic non-commercial surrogate motherhood

van den Akker, Olga and Camara, Isatou and Hunt, Ben (2016) ‘Together … for only a moment’ British newspaper constructions of altruistic non-commercial surrogate motherhood. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology . ISSN 0264-6838 (Published online first)

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore how national altruistic surrogacy is framed in a representative selection of the British press.

Methods: A study of 90 British national newspaper articles was carried out using the Lexis-Nexis data base to search for articles on altruistic surrogacy. Content analysis of gain, loss, neutral frames and high or low alarm and vulnerability frames in the titles and the body of the text was carried out. The type of construction used in the article content was also analysed. Data were coded and consensus reached using a coding strategy specifically developed for the purposes of this study.

Results: Titles and content were predominantly loss, high alarm and high vulnerability framed. The content was also gain framed, and written with a focus on the social and legal aspects differentially between the newspaper types.

Discussion: The tabloid press emphasizes social issues, and the middle market and serious press focus on legal issues of altruistic surrogacy. Selectively framed and reinforced information provided by the different newspapers, reflect the different readership, with Tabloid readers likely to be, surrogates (mostly from lower socioeconomic strata) and serious/ middle-market readers likely to be commissioning parents (mostly professionals).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 23 Feb 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 18961
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology on 23/02/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02646838.2016.1141398
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 11:43
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:27
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18961

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