Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.451-452 SIEC No: 19880910

In this summary, the authors review recent studies concerning the effect of the mass media on suicide & discuss the mixed results. On the basis of various theoretical statements throughout Phillips’ writings, the authors construct a theory of imitation & suicide which includes characteristics of imitators e.g. likely to be anomic, have low self esteem; characteristics of those who are imitated; the process & condition of imitation. Problems with this theory are also addressed. (GW)