Year: 1988 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.145, no.11, (November 1988), p.1379-1383 SIEC No: 19890132

A recent study reports a significant increase in teenage suicides after television newscasts about suicide during 1973-1979 & suggests the increase might have resulted from imitation. In the present study, the authors found no significant association between the two events over the period 1973-1984. Although teenage suicide increased after newscasts in 1973-1980, the authors explain why this increase is not consistent with imitation; during 1981-1984 suicides actually decreased after newscasts.