Year: 1989 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (22nd: 1989: San Diego), p.126-128 SIEC No: 19900760

Contagion (copycat suicides) among youth is discussed. Vulnerable youth with serious emotional problems are most susceptible to contagion. Depending on how suicide is treated by the media & others around them, youth can view suicide as appropriate behavior, & a solution to their problems. A highly affective environment with a high emotional content is also a conducive medium for contagion to occur.