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Journal of Scientific Research and Studies Vol. 4(8), pp. 189-197, August, 2017

ISSN 2375-8791

Copyright 2017

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Media construction on the concept of child abuse in Mainland China



Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK. E-mail:, Tel: 15920385335.

Accepted 22 April, 2017




Child abuse is a harsh word in China. Not only is there no legal definition of child abuse in China, but also most people do not even agree that child abuse exists. This is mainly influenced by special culture in China, and the contested territory between discipline and child abuse has existed for a long time. This unclear cognition of child abuse has hindered the development of child protection work in China. However, in recent years, the concept of child abuse has been accepted gradually by the public. The changing perception on the concept benefits from media. This research will analyze the media data on child abuse collected in the last five years from 2011 to 2016 in China to explore and interpret the media construction on the concept of child abuse in Mainland China.

Key words: Media construction, child abuse, cognition, perception.

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