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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

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Impact of Mass-media information on suicidal behavior of adolescents and youths (review of foreign sources) 5559


Vikhristyuk O.V.
PhD in Psychology, Director of Center for Emergent Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

The article reviews a number of foreign sources disclosing the influence of information in public media about suicides on population in general and on young people in particular. It discusses the possibility of imitative suicides after publications in press (syndrome of Werther) and the increase of suicides after TV special reports. The reviewed articles analyze the data obtained in Internet survey of the visitors of prosuicidal web-sites. Alongside with other findings in foreign sources they register the impact of mass-media reports about suicides on young people subjected to external influences. The World Health Organization recommends a more balanced approach to news coverage of suicidal accidents by mass-media.

Keywords: suicide; public media; information in public media; Internet; «prosuicidal» sites

Column: Clinical psychology

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