Year: 2000 Source: Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2000. p.675-697 SIEC No: 20010058

This chapter provides an overview of studies on the imitation effects of mass media portrayals of suicidal behaviour, & shows that many findings remain controversial. Currently available knowledge provides substantial evidence for an imitative effect but also indicates this effect may depend on a number of factors. Far less evidence is available on the potential preventive effects of media coverage. Current knowledge suggests media coverage in terms of suicide prevention should focus on toning down the portrayal of suicidal behaviour. (133 refs)