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How the causes, consequences and solutions for problem gambling are reported in Australian newspapers: a qualitative content analysis

Miller, Helen E., Thomas, Samantha L., Robinson, Priscilla and Daube, Mike 2014, How the causes, consequences and solutions for problem gambling are reported in Australian newspapers: a qualitative content analysis, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 529-535, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12251.

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Title How the causes, consequences and solutions for problem gambling are reported in Australian newspapers: a qualitative content analysis
Author(s) Miller, Helen E.
Thomas, Samantha L.
Robinson, Priscilla
Daube, Mike
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 38
Issue number 6
Start page 529
End page 535
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) media
newspaper
problem gambling
public health
Summary OBJECTIVE: To inform public health approaches to problem gambling by examining how the news media covers problem gambling, with a particular focus on the causes, consequences and solutions to problem gambling, and the 'actors' and sources who influence media coverage. METHODS: A qualitative content analysis guided by framing theory analysed coverage of problem gambling in Australian newspapers in the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. RESULTS: Solutions to problem gambling were more frequently discussed than causes and consequences. A focus on the responsibility of individuals was preferred to reporting that focused on broader social, ecological, and industry determinants of problem gambling. Reporting was highly politicised, with politicians frequently quoted and political issues frequently discussed. In contrast, the community sector, health professionals and problem gamblers were rarely quoted. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: This analysis has revealed the need for a more proactive, coordinated approach to the media by both public health researchers and health groups. The establishment of a gambling-specific coalition to push for evidence-based reform is recommended.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12251
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Public Health Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079467

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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