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Newspaper Influence on Suicide: A Controlled Study

Newspaper Influence on Suicide: A Controlled Study Abstract THE contention that curtailing newspaper reporting of suicides would serve as a suicide prevention measure was questioned in the 1967 report of a study that was unable to verify this in a systemic way.1 The problem was approached by using a given population as its own control, comparing its suicide rate during a period of essentially complete cessation of newspaper publication with its mean rate for the identical period in the preceding five years. No significant differences could be demonstrated by this method in seven large cities in the United States. An opportunity for a closer look at this question was provided by the protracted newspaper blackout in the city of Detroit, from Nov 17, 1967 through Aug 10, 1968. This 268-day period, the longest complete suspension of publication in a major metropolitan area in newspaper history, greatly decreases the error inherent in data obtained during the relatively short References 1. Motto J: Suicide and suggestibility: The role of the press . Amer J Psychiat 124:252-256, 1967. 2. Durkheim E: Suicide . Glencoe, Ill, The Free Press of Glencoe Inc, 1951, pp 140-141. 3. Friedman P: A cultural study of suicide. Read before the second annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology, New York, 1969. 4. Vital Indexes and Population Migration, 19601968. Detroit, Dept of Public Health. 5. 1967 Data Book. Detroit, Dept of Public Health.n 6. 1960 Census of Population . US Dept of Commerce, vol 1, ( (pt 1) ) p 192. 7. Siegel S: Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences . New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co Inc, 1956, p 75. 8. Dublin L: Suicide . New York, Ronald Press Co, 1963, p 205. 9. Ringel E: Der Selbstmord . Vienna, Maudrich, 1953, p 231. 10. Hendin H: Black suicide . Arch Gen Psychiat 21:407-422, 1969.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Newspaper Influence on Suicide: A Controlled Study

Archives of General Psychiatry , Volume 23 (2) – Aug 1, 1970

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1970 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-990X
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1598-3636
DOI
10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01750020047006
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Abstract

Abstract THE contention that curtailing newspaper reporting of suicides would serve as a suicide prevention measure was questioned in the 1967 report of a study that was unable to verify this in a systemic way.1 The problem was approached by using a given population as its own control, comparing its suicide rate during a period of essentially complete cessation of newspaper publication with its mean rate for the identical period in the preceding five years. No significant differences could be demonstrated by this method in seven large cities in the United States. An opportunity for a closer look at this question was provided by the protracted newspaper blackout in the city of Detroit, from Nov 17, 1967 through Aug 10, 1968. This 268-day period, the longest complete suspension of publication in a major metropolitan area in newspaper history, greatly decreases the error inherent in data obtained during the relatively short References 1. Motto J: Suicide and suggestibility: The role of the press . Amer J Psychiat 124:252-256, 1967. 2. Durkheim E: Suicide . Glencoe, Ill, The Free Press of Glencoe Inc, 1951, pp 140-141. 3. Friedman P: A cultural study of suicide. Read before the second annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology, New York, 1969. 4. Vital Indexes and Population Migration, 19601968. Detroit, Dept of Public Health. 5. 1967 Data Book. Detroit, Dept of Public Health.n 6. 1960 Census of Population . US Dept of Commerce, vol 1, ( (pt 1) ) p 192. 7. Siegel S: Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences . New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co Inc, 1956, p 75. 8. Dublin L: Suicide . New York, Ronald Press Co, 1963, p 205. 9. Ringel E: Der Selbstmord . Vienna, Maudrich, 1953, p 231. 10. Hendin H: Black suicide . Arch Gen Psychiat 21:407-422, 1969.Crossref

Journal

Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1970

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