Newspaper Coverage Tied To Creation Of Youth Suicide Clusters In 1980s And 1990s

USA Today (5/2, Painter) reports that according to a study published online May 1 in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, “detailed, high-profile newspaper stories about individual suicides may have played a role in creating suicide clusters among young people, at least in the 1980s and 1990s.” Researchers arrived at that conclusion after having collected and then analyzed “information on 48 communities where clusters of suicides in youths ages 13 to 20 occurred between 1988 and 1996.” An editorial accompanying the study suggests that “an obvious next step is looking at whether discussions of suicide in social media might lead to copycat cases.”

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— “Newspaper coverage linked with youth suicide clusters,” Kim Painter, USA Today, May 1, 2014.

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