Media Coverage of Adolescent and Celebrity Suicides and Imitation Suicides among Adolescents

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States. Imitation plays an important role in adolescent suicides. Identification theory suggests that media coverage of adolescent suicides can increase imitation suicides among adolescents. The present study examines this possibility using data collected from South Korea. It also explores the relationship between media coverage of celebrity suicides and suicide rates among adolescents. We found that adolescent suicides increase after media coverage of either an adolescent’s suicide or a domestic celebrity’s suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-143
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 2


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  • Communication

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