Year: 2001 Source: Crisis, v.22, no.4, (2001), p.137-140 SIEC No: 20020186

In this commentary, the authors place the role of media influences in the context of other factors contributing to suicidal behaviour. Comment is made on the timing of media effects. Particular methodological issues in research in this area are highlighted, along with areas in which research is needed to improve knowledge, especially in relation to causal mechanisms in media influence. Caution is encouraged with regard to the nature & means of production of guidelines for the media about the reporting & portrayal of suicide & attempted suicide. Finally, the potential role of the media in the prevention of suicidal behaviour is outlined. (21 refs.)