Year: 1981 Source: American Journal of Sociology, v.87, no.2, (1981), p.404-412 SIEC No: 19832942

The authors replicated Phillips’s analysis of California data which found an increase in motor vehicle fatalities after publicized suicide stories. Detroit data for 1973-76 was used for this study. A 35-40% increase in motor vehicle fatalities in Detroit was found on the third day after a publicized suicide story. The replication of Phillips’s finding of a third-day peak in fatalities suggests that this is not limited to a particular geographic region, time period, or analysis techniques.