Year: 1987 Source: Suicide Prevention, v.1, no.4, (October/November 1987), p.1,4-6 SIEC No: 19871683

This article reviews studies on the impact of media reports on the suicide rate. Studies which showed increases, decreases & mixed results in suicide rates after media coverage are described. The studies of Phillips & associates, which support an increase in rates after media coverage & the substantial criticism Phillips has received due to research methods, are discussed. The author concludes that there is some basis to believe contagion occurs. (VM)