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dc.contributor.advisorMorgan, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.authorPlatt, Amyen_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Social Welfareen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-15T18:05:53Z
dc.date.available2012-05-15T18:05:53Z
dc.date.issued1-Dec-10en_US
dc.date.submittedDec-10en_US
dc.identifierPlatt_grad.sunysb_0771E_10320.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/55582
dc.description.abstractAbstractFrom Sin to Sickness: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Four Major American Newspapers' Representation of AlcoholismByAmy PlattSchool of Social Welfare The purpose of this study is to explore how four major American newspapers represent alcoholism. These newspapers are: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Articles were collected over a five year period (2004-2008) using a constructed, random sample. The principal research questions are: (1) How do different newspapers portray alcoholism?, (2) How much emphasis do the articles place on the moral model of addiction? (3) How much emphasis do the articles place on the disease model of addiction? (4) What, other models, if any, are presented in the articles? A qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the data. Through coding, pattern-coding matrices, and a thematic meta-matrix, overall themes were constructed. Findings suggest that the disease model of alcoholism is underrepresented in the data, whereas the public health and the moral models of addiction are prevalent."Socio-moral continuity" is the overarching theoretical construct developed to explain why the disease model of addiction dominates the scientific, medical, and therapeutic communities yet scarcely appears in major print media. The persistence of the moral model of alcoholism in major American print media, and its impact on public opinion, promotes punishment initiatives and hinders policy and program developments that might support prevention and treatment initiatives.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Social Welfare. Lawrence Martin (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial Worken_US
dc.titleFrom Sin to Sickness: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Four Major American Newpapers' Representations of Alcoholismen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): Richard Morgan. Committee Member(s): Joel Blau; Harvey Farberman; Lisa Diedrich.en_US
dc.mimetypeApplication/PDFen_US


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