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dc.contributor.advisorGalliher, John F.eng
dc.contributor.authorWare, Bettie J.eng
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Stateseng
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Falleng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 24, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. John Galliher.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] The purpose of this research study was to explore the contributing factors to the decriminalization of infant abandonment and the rapid implementation of safe haven legislation across the United States. The goal was to seek information on what was being reported in the media and the public's reactions prior to enacting the legislation in eight states; California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York and Texas. These states were chosen because they provided a good sample of politically different regions in the United States. Content analysis was used in order to examine various media reports and to compare the components of safe haven legislation. The research study led the researcher to conclude that the rapid implementation of safe haven legislation was a response to public desires to save lives of infants by decriminalizing the once criminal act of abandoning an infant. Furthermore, public concerns were inflamed by media reports. The implementation of safe haven legislation in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York and Texas were explored via newspaper articles, legislative websites. The states provided a good sample of politically diverse regions of the United States. The conclusion reached was that the media provided an avenue for public awareness of infant abandonment, which contributed to moral outrage about babies being left to die. Additionally, politicians in response to public anxiety rapidly passed safe haven legislation.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.format.extentv, 133 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc607563490eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/6883
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/6883eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campus of the University of Missouri--Columbia.eng
dc.subjectSafe haven legislationeng
dc.subject.lcshAbandoned children -- Legal status, laws, etc.eng
dc.subject.lcshAbandoned children -- Press coverageeng
dc.subject.lcshAbandoned children -- Public opinioneng
dc.subject.lcshParent and infant -- Legal status, laws, etc.eng
dc.titleContributing factors to the decriminalization of infant abandonment and the implementation of safe haven legislationeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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