Year: 1984 Source: American Journal of Sociology, v.90, no.1, (1984), p.151-167 SIEC No: 19880609

In 1982, Phillips published a paper on the effect of fictional television stories on adult fatalities (see SIEC #831128). This paper calls attention to an error in Phillip’s’s data which invalidates his results. Phillips had used newspaper summaries for soap opera suicide stories; in 8 of 13 cases this method misspecified the date of the event & thus invalidated the before-after analysis. This paper corrects this error & includes several stories that Phillips overlooked. (12 refs.)