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Media Bias in the Treatment of Female Sex Offenders
A research proposal to explores if there is bias in the Canadian media regarding female abusers.
# 153353 | 1,289 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper presents a research proposal to determine whether Canadian media, and specifically newspapers in British Columbia, demonstrate bias when covering stories on male offender/female victim versus female offender/male victim, and the extent of that bias. The paper provides a review of the literature on female sex offenders that supports the conclusions that female perpetrators are more common than is generally thought and that society and the legal system tends to treat them differently than male sex offenders. The paper outlines the study design that utilizes a content analysis of 100 Vancouver Sun newspaper articles reporting on sexual abuse also looks at the schedule and budget involved. The paper posits that the evidence should dispel any myths that female abusers view their victims in a loving way and that the relationship is one of nurturer and nurtured; on the contrary, female offenders are committing criminal acts, often using violence against their victims. The paper includes a list of search terms as an appendix to the paper and also does mentions a flaw in the content analysis project that stems from the sample articles collected.

Female Sexual Offenders: Favourable Treatment for Criminals?
Research Project and Methods

From the Paper:

"The research will consist of a content analysis of 100 Vancouver Sun newspaper articles reporting on sexual abuse. The articles will be retrieved from the "News-Canadian Newsstand" on ProQuest, a subscription-based database available through the library. If possible, the sample will include equal numbers of articles about male offenders/female victims and female offenders/male victims. The content will be coded for both manifest and latent content (Maxfield & Babbie, 2008). Manifest content is the actual verbage from the article and reflects factual information. A list of words (Appendix A) was compiled during the literature review, using both author-suppplied keywords and subject terms defined by the database.
"Manifest content will be coded by adjectives and adverbs that demonstrate sympathy or lack of sympathy for the suspect as well as sympathy or lack of sympathy for the victim. Latent content will be coded with an assessment of tone based on description or lack of description of any feelings of affection the suspect may have for the victim or the victim may have for the suspect. Reliability of 90% or more will be the goal in pre-testing and will be attained by the "inter-reliability" method, which consists of two coders coding the same material (Maxfield & Babbie, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bunting, L. (2007). Dealing with a problem that doesn't exist? Professional responses to female perpetrated child sexual abuse. Child Abuse Review 16 (4), 252-267.
  • Cheit, R.E. (2003). What hysteria? A systematic study of newspaper coverage. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27, (2003) 607-623. doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(03)00108-X
  • Fehrenback, P.A. & Monastersky, C. (1988). Characteristics of female adolescent sexual offenders. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry,58(1), 148-151.Retrieved from Sage.
  • Frei, A. (2008). Media consideration of sex offenders: How community response shapes a gendered perspective. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparitive Criminology, (52)5, 495-498. doi: 10.1177/0306624X08323453
  • Hendriks, J., & Bijileveld, C. C. J. H. (2006). Female adolescent sex offenders--an exploratory study. Journal of Sexual Aggression 12 (1), 31-41.

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APA Format

Media Bias in the Treatment of Female Sex Offenders (2013, May 23) Retrieved September 22, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Media Bias in the Treatment of Female Sex Offenders" 23 May 2013. Web. 22 September. 2023. <>