Year: 1974 Source: American Sociological Review, v.39, (June 1974), p.340-354 SIEC No: 19830432

This paper shows that suicides increase immediately after a suicide story has been publicized in the newspapers in Britain & the USA, 1947-68. The more publicity devoted to a suicide story, the larger the rise in suicides thereafter. The rise is restricted mainly to the area in which the sorty was publicized. Alternative explanations of the findings are examined. The substantive, theoretical & methodological implications of these findings are examined. (30 refs.)