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Belief in a Werther Effect: Third-Person Effects in the Perceptions of Suicide Risk for Others and the Moderating Role of Depression.
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PMID:  22050656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Werther Effect research has almost solely focused on the behavioral level of media effects. Clinically relevant predispositions like depression as well as the moderating role of media effects on a perceptional level have been omitted so far. To bridge this gap, we reanalyzed the data of an experiment conducted by Rustad, Small, Jobes, Safer, and Peterson: volunteer students' ratings for their self-risk of depression and suicide as well as their perceptions of others' suicide risk were investigated. While a Werther Effect could not be observed, there is a general overestimation of media influences on others-presumed Werther Effects-that are moderated by the personal degree of depression.
Sebastian Scherr; Carsten Reinemann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Suicide & life-threatening behavior     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1943-278X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608054     Medline TA:  Suicide Life Threat Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 The American Association of Suicidology.
Sebastian Scherr, Carsten Reinemann, Department of Communication Science and Media Research, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.
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