Year: 1982 Source: American Sociological Review, v.47, no.3, (1982), p.407-411 SIEC No: 19831125

Suicides that are publicized in the newspaper are known to trigger additional, imitative suicides (Phillips, 1974). Data on bomb threats against nuclear energy facilities are examined here with the result that threat incidence closely follows fluctuations in mass media coverage of nuclear power issues. Bomb threats, like suicides, are clearly influenced by the mass media.