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Survivors’ experiences of media coverage after traumatic injury events
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. Kunskapscentrum för katastrofpsykiatri, Institutionen för Neurovetenskap, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala universitet. (Riskhantering)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1358-5066
Umeå universitet. (Kunskapscentrum för katastrofmedicin)
Umeå universitet.
2014 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 25-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Survivors’ experiences of media at traumatic events, is still a limited research area. The aim of this study is to explore survivors’ experiences of interacting with journalists and media coverage, including their experiences of being portrayed in the media, following two Swedish train crashes. Qualitative interviews were conducted with passengers from two train crashes in Sweden. A qualitative content analysis generated meaning units, subcategories, and categories. Survivors experienced interacting with journalists mainly in three ways: harmful, inconsequential, and helpful. Media content and personal media exposure was experienced in a similar way: uncomfortable, insignificant, and useful. Journalists and media coverage have a large impact on survivors’ experiences following a traumatic event. It is important that emergency responders, such as ambulance nurses, are aware of how victims are affected by journalists’ presence and the media coverage that follows so that negative outcomes can be reduced and the positive can be enhanced. The present study also shows that media coverage in the long term can become important pieces of information for the victim in order to understand and process the traumatic event.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 25-30
Keywords [en]
Accident site;Journalists; Media exposure; Survivors experience; Train crash; Trauma journalism; Qualitative content analysis
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Media and Communication Studies; Public Health Science; Nursing Science; Psychology with an emphasis on medical psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27419DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2013.03.010ISI: 000330600600005PubMedID: 23684434OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27419DiVA, id: diva2:623851
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Publicerad online 2013.

Available from: 2013-05-29 Created: 2013-05-29 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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