Year: 1990 Source: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, v.20, no.13, pt.1, (August 1990), p.1093-1102 SIEC No: 19910816

66 consenting high-school students read an account of a high schooler, “John”, with multiple problems, who knew someone who had died (either by suicide or viral illness). Ss then anonymously completed the UCLA Loneliness Scale & a questionnaire about what John (or they in the same situation) might do. Ss saw themselves as immune to suicidal contagion from a written report, but thought that others in distress might be vulnerable if people had reacted sympathetically to a previous suicide.