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The influence of newspaper reports on outbreaks of mass hysteria.
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PMID:  3438359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A previous study suggested that newspaper reports contributed to the generation and propagation of a recent epidemic of "mysterious gas poisoning" among Arab schoolgirls. To further explore the role of the press in mass hysteria, the authors reviewed newspaper reports related to two separate outbreaks of hysteria among schoolchildren. Despite extensive coverage of both epidemics, only one questionably related new outbreak and no relapses of illness in the original settings occurred following these reports. The variable influence the media may have on mass hysteria and the multitude of other factors that can affect such outbreaks are discussed.
G W Small; J F Borus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Psychiatric quarterly     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0033-2720     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatr Q     Publication Date:  1987  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-04-07     Completed Date:  1988-04-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376465     Medline TA:  Psychiatr Q     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.
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MeSH Terms
Hysteria / psychology*
Mass Behavior*
Somatoform Disorders / psychology

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