Year: 1988 Source: Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, v.18, no.1, (1988), p.90-99 SIEC No: 19880529

Earlier research by the authors suggested that television broadcasts of fictional suicides led to an increase in adolescent suicidal behavior. This study extends the examinination to other geographic areas. Results indicate that the impact of such broadcasts is less widespread than originally proposed. Suicides increased in the New York & Cleveland regions but not in the Dallas & Los Angeles areas. While the findings provide another bit of evidence, they should still be considered tenative. (GW)