The newsworthiness of suicide

Pirkis, J., Burgess, P. M., Blood, W. and Francis, C. (2007) The newsworthiness of suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour, 37 3: 278-283. doi:10.1521/suli.2007.37.3.278

Author Pirkis, J.
Burgess, P. M.
Blood, W.
Francis, C.
Title The newsworthiness of suicide
Journal name Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0363-0234
Publication date 2007-06-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1521/suli.2007.37.3.278
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 278
End page 283
Total pages 6
Editor M. Silverman
Place of publication New York
Publisher Guilford Publications Inc
Language eng
Subject C1
730211 Mental health
Abstract There is a paucity of studies examining which suicides are considered newsworthy. By combining data on media reports of individuals' suicides with routinely collected suicide data, it was found that 1% of Australian suicides were reported over a 1-year period. There was evidence of over-reporting of suicides by older people and females, and those involving dramatic methods. Reported suicides fell into three groups: suicides reported in a broader context; suicides by celebrities; and suicides involving unusual circumstances/methods. The data suggest a need for media professionals and suicide experts to work together to balance newsworthiness against the risk of copycat behavior.
Keyword Psychiatry
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Q-Index Code C1

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