Year: 2010 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.40, no.1, (February 2010), p.81-86 SIEC No: 20100408

The relationship between the regional distribution densities of different media & the suicide rate was explored by analyzing the annual total, male, & female rates & media densities from 23 cities/counties in Taiwan during 1998-2006 by univariate & multivariate regression adjusted for 5 socioeconomic factors. The regional density of newspapers was significantly inversely related to the total, male, & female suicide rates, while that of television sets was not. The density of in-home personal computers was significantly positively related to the total & male suicide rates. Results indicate media reporting on suicide can be beneficial, instead of harmful, depending on the content. (12 refs.)