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Exploring News Media Epidemiology of "Embitterment": A Content Analysis of Korean News Coverage between 1990 and 2018.
Health Commun. 2019 Sep 27 [Online ahead of print]HC

Abstract

Embitterment is a newly emerging mental problem that requires a social epidemiological approach. As this emotional state is varied in its manifestation and is pervasive in South Korea, we examined the embittered, those embittering, and causes of embitterment covered in news media in the nation. All news stories appearing between January 1, 1990 and August 31, 2018 in seven major daily newspapers in South Korea were searched for headlines containing "embitterment". A total of 321 news stories were identified for content analysis, which was conducted by two trained coders who examined each article to determine the identity of the embittered and embitters and the causes of and reponses from the embitterment. An inductive method was used to establish major levels for each variable. As a result, victims of disaster and accidents (and their families) were the most frequently embittered group, followed by politicians, laborers, persons of interest and the general public without specification. The three major causes of embitterment were: deprivation of basic life needs and rights, defamation/insult and abuse of power. Liberal newspapers published more "embitterment" stories, especially during conservative regimes. Since the periods of conservative regimes were longer than liberal regimes during the time under investigation, liberal newspapers published more "embitterment" stories than conservative newspapers. The patterns of coverage for the embittered, those embittering, and causes of embitterment also differed according to the political orientation of the newspaper. The implications of the findings from a social epidemiological approach and points requiring further study are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Media School, Hallym University.Department of Health Science in the Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31559863

Citation

Ju, Youngkee, and Myoungsoon You. "Exploring News Media Epidemiology of "Embitterment": a Content Analysis of Korean News Coverage Between 1990 and 2018." Health Communication, 2019, pp. 1-10.
Ju Y, You M. Exploring News Media Epidemiology of "Embitterment": A Content Analysis of Korean News Coverage between 1990 and 2018. Health Commun. 2019.
Ju, Y., & You, M. (2019). Exploring News Media Epidemiology of "Embitterment": A Content Analysis of Korean News Coverage between 1990 and 2018. Health Communication, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2019.1669272
Ju Y, You M. Exploring News Media Epidemiology of "Embitterment": a Content Analysis of Korean News Coverage Between 1990 and 2018. Health Commun. 2019 Sep 27;1-10. PubMed PMID: 31559863.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exploring News Media Epidemiology of "Embitterment": A Content Analysis of Korean News Coverage between 1990 and 2018. AU - Ju,Youngkee, AU - You,Myoungsoon, Y1 - 2019/09/27/ PY - 2019/9/28/entrez PY - 2019/9/29/pubmed PY - 2019/9/29/medline SP - 1 EP - 10 JF - Health communication JO - Health Commun N2 - Embitterment is a newly emerging mental problem that requires a social epidemiological approach. As this emotional state is varied in its manifestation and is pervasive in South Korea, we examined the embittered, those embittering, and causes of embitterment covered in news media in the nation. All news stories appearing between January 1, 1990 and August 31, 2018 in seven major daily newspapers in South Korea were searched for headlines containing "embitterment". A total of 321 news stories were identified for content analysis, which was conducted by two trained coders who examined each article to determine the identity of the embittered and embitters and the causes of and reponses from the embitterment. An inductive method was used to establish major levels for each variable. As a result, victims of disaster and accidents (and their families) were the most frequently embittered group, followed by politicians, laborers, persons of interest and the general public without specification. The three major causes of embitterment were: deprivation of basic life needs and rights, defamation/insult and abuse of power. Liberal newspapers published more "embitterment" stories, especially during conservative regimes. Since the periods of conservative regimes were longer than liberal regimes during the time under investigation, liberal newspapers published more "embitterment" stories than conservative newspapers. The patterns of coverage for the embittered, those embittering, and causes of embitterment also differed according to the political orientation of the newspaper. The implications of the findings from a social epidemiological approach and points requiring further study are discussed. SN - 1532-7027 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31559863/Exploring_News_Media_Epidemiology_of_"Embitterment":_A_Content_Analysis_of_Korean_News_Coverage_between_1990_and_2018 L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2019.1669272 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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