Year: 2000 Source: Social Science Quarterly, v.81, no.4, (December 2000), p.957-971 SIEC No: 20041354

The present study analyzes 293 findings from 42 studies on the effect of media reports of suicide on actual rates, which were published between 1974 & 1996. A logistic regression analysis determined that characteristics of the stories were key predictors of finding a copycat effect. Celebrity suicides, stories based on real events, & the newspaper medium were all more likely to predict copycat effects. (59 refs)