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Survivors' experiences of media coverage after traumatic injury events
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, National Center for Disaster Psychiatry.
2014 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, Vol. 22, no 1, 25-30 p.Article 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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2014. Vol. 22, no 1, 25-30 p.
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Accident site, Journalists, Media exposure, Survivors experience, Train crash, Trauma journalism, Qualitative content analysis
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220314DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2013.03.010ISI: 000330600600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220314DiVA: diva2:705494
Available from: 2014-03-17 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2014-03-17Bibliographically approved

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