A Reanalysis of the Impact of non Celebrity Suicides. A Research Note
Examined the effect of publicized suicide stories concerning noncelebrities on the monthly rate of suicide. Correcting coding errors in a previous work by Wasserman, it was determined that suicides of noncelebrities were associated with increases in the national suicide rate. An index of publicized celebrity suicide stories was, however, more closely associated to increases in suicide than the publicized noncelebrity stories. The model explains 90% of the variance in monthly suicide rates.