Title

Examining newspaper coverage of mental retardation

Authors

ML Matthews

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1999

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

An analysis of NewsBank citations was performed to determine the frequency, geographic distribution, and major issues currently addressed in U.S. newspapers related to mental retardation. Ten major issues emerged including causation and prevention of mental retardation, abuse of persons with mental retardation, education of persons with mental retardation, elderly persons with mental retardation, jobs and job training for persons with mental retardation, deinstitutionalization, human rights and civil rights, crimes by persons with mental retardation, funding and administration, and quality of care. Everyone involved with persons with mental retardation is encouraged to use newspapers as a public relations/advocacy tool in support of the special population.

Publication Title

EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN MENTAL RETARDATION AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Volume

34

Issue

2

First Page

227

Last Page

230