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The role of mass-media in suicide prevention
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
Otto-Selz-Institute fur Psychologie / University of Mannheim.
University of Wurzburg, Department of Psychiatry.
2009 (English)In: Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention: A Global Perspective / [ed] Danuta Wasserman & Camilla Wasserman, New York: Oxford University Press , 2009, 515-523 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Although disputed, most researchers in the field of suicide and massmedia agree that the studies carried out to date have substantiated the existence, under certain circumstances, of genuine 'contagion' from suicide reports in the media. The fact that many studies have demonstrated an association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour has also prompted the issue of various types of recommendations on how the media should report on the subject of suicide to avoid imitative behaviour. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss and identify the problems associated with research on suicide and the media, with a number of seminal articles published over the years serving as examples.

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New York: Oxford University Press , 2009. 515-523 p.
, Oxford Textbook
Keyword [en]
suicide, media, contagion, imitative effects, prevention
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32144ISBN: 978-0-19-857005-9OAI: diva2:279641
Available from: 2009-12-04 Created: 2009-12-04 Last updated: 2010-04-12Bibliographically approved

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