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NCJ Number: 122463 Find in a Library
Title: Suicide (From Insights Into Violence in Contemporary Canadian Society, P 244-245, 1987, James M MacLatchie, ed. -- See NCJ-122437)
Author(s): D Phillips
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: John Howard Soc of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1E5, Canada
Sale Source: John Howard Soc of Canada
55 Parkdale Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1E5,
Canada
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Portrayals of violence in the media correlate with an increase in suicides and homicides in areas where publicity is most intense.
Abstract: Just after heavily publicized suicides, there is an abrupt increase in daily and monthly suicide rates; the more publicity given the suicide, the greater the increase in subsequent suicides. One explanation for this finding is the coroner's tendency to record more deaths as suicides. There is a likelihood that covert as well as overt suicides occur after highly publicized suicides; for example, in automobile accidents following a publicized suicide, drivers tend to be unusually similar to the person described in the suicide story. After a murder/suicide in which somebody kills others as well as himself, there is typically an increase in multi-car passenger deaths. Regarding homicides, there tends to be an increase in the rate after the publication of a story where the perpetrator of violence is rewarded, such as in a prize fight. Daily homicides increase significantly after heavyweight prize fights, particularly in the case of helpless victims such as children under 5 years of age. Just as publicized rewarded violence contributes to an increase in the homicide rate, so publicized punished violence, such as an execution, tends to produce a drop in homicides immediately after the event.
Main Term(s): Media violence; Violence causes
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Homicide causes; Suicide causes
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