The Effect of the Media on Suicide: Evidence From Japan, 1955-1985
Research on the impact of the mass media in suicide has been restricted to Western samples. This study is the first to explore the “Werther effect” on data from an Eastern nation, Japan. Results indicate that the imitative effect is restricted to stories about Japanese victims & that the increase is similar to that reported in the American cultural context. The Japanese audience may not be predisposed to media effects, given a lower divorce rate, low couple centeredness & family support.