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Communicating mental illness and suicide: public relations students’ perceptions of ethical practice

Fitch, K. (2012) Communicating mental illness and suicide: public relations students’ perceptions of ethical practice. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 9 (1). pp. 14-21.

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Abstract

Mental illness and suicide are complex issues which have significant social and economic implications. This study investigates the perceptions of public relations students in Australia towards ethics, following exposure to resources developed to educate students about the ethical challenges in communicating mental health issues. The findings suggest students recognise ambiguity around ‘professional’ ethics in relation to these issues; the need for personal responsibility in ethical public relations practice; that ethical development is incremental; and that they learn most effectively through major assignments. The study includes recommendations for the teaching of ethics in relation to complex issues such as mental health.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Institute of Communication Ethics
Publishers Website: http://www.communicationethics.net/espace/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10687
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