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The influence of television suicide in a normal adolescent population

Journal/Book: Arch Suicide Res. 1996; 2: Spuiboulevard 50, PO Box 17, 3300 AA Dordrecht, Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publ. 103-117.

Abstract: This cross-sectional study investigated the possible impact of exposure to television suicide on normal adolescents. Students (mean age 14.2 years) from 3 high schools completed a questionnaire on television habits, common television life events, the Youth Self-Report, the Brief Adolescent Risk-Taking Scale and a brief Substance Use Scale. Students claiming more than two exposures to television suicide took more risks and substances, watched more videos, denied being upset by television, had a history of suicide attempts, knew more of suicide in the community, and had higher depression scores. In those who reported knowing someone who had died from suicide, frequent exposure to suicide on television appeared to contribute to the variance of suicide attempts. In contrast, it contributed little to either depression or suicidal thoughts.

Note: Article Martin G, Flinders Univ S Australia, Med Ctr, Child & Adolescent Mental Hlth Serv, Bedford Pk, SA 5042, AUSTRALIA

Keyword(s): adolescent; suicidal behaviours; television; influence; NEWS STORIES; TEENAGE SUICIDES; HIGH-SCHOOL; BEHAVIOR; IMITATION; IMPACT; MEDIA; VULNERABILITY; INDICATOR; CHILDREN


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