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Clustering of teenage suicides after television news stories about suicides: a reconsideration.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3189595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A recent study reported a significant increase in teenage suicides after television newscasts about suicide in the period 1973-1979 and suggested that the increase might have resulted from an imitative effect of television. In the present study, the authors found no significant association between newscasts and subsequent teenage suicides over the period 1973-1984. Although teenage suicides increased after newscasts in 1973-1980, the authors identify reasons why this increase is not consistent with an imitative effect of television. Furthermore, during 1981-1984 teenage suicides decreased after newscasts about suicide; the reversal differs significantly from the association before 1981.
R C Kessler; G Downey; J R Milavsky; H Stipp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of psychiatry     Volume:  145     ISSN:  0002-953X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1988 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-30     Completed Date:  1988-11-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370512     Medline TA:  Am J Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1379-83     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48106-1248.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Psychology
Child, Preschool
Imitative Behavior
Mass Media*
Space-Time Clustering*
Suicide / epidemiology*,  psychology
United States
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