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Hälsa mellan raderna: en källkritisk studie av svenska hälsomagasin
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Hälsa mellan raderna : en källkritisk studie av svenska hälsomagasin (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This is a study about source criticism in Swedish health magazines in 2014 which is based on Torsten Thuréns positivist philosophy of science and formulations about source criticism. The thesis was based on the hypothesis that the Swedish health magazines are inadequate in their source-critical approach. To prove or disprove the hypothesis a quantitative content analysis of one hundred articles was made. The quantitative content analysis was based on twelve variables and the results showed that the hypothesis to some extent was true. The magazines reported their sources in most cases, but the majority of the sources consisted of various authorities such as doctors, psychologists, and personal trainers. Different authorities might have different opinion about the same phenomena depending on what profession they have, which can be a sorce to problem. Most of the articles showed lack of self-criticism, and the majority were written from only one perspective. Sixteen of the articles possibly broke the Marketing Act. Further more, to analyse the survey material, Torbjörn von Krogh's definition of "media accountability" standards of responsibility of media have been used. Noted in the conclusion was that health magazine should take more responsibility when it comes to source criticism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 49 p.
, Maya kiusalaas
Keyword [sv]
Hälsotidningar, hälsa, källkritik, trovärdighet, media accountability
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24129ISRN: 5OAI: diva2:726565
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2014-06-03, 14:12 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2014-06-19 Created: 2014-06-18 Last updated: 2014-06-19Bibliographically approved

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