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Article: The impact of media reporting of suicide on actual suicides in Taiwan, 2002-05

TitleThe impact of media reporting of suicide on actual suicides in Taiwan, 2002-05
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Issue Date2011
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2011, v. 65 n. 10, p. 934-940 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: To assess changes in the intensity of suicide news reporting in Taiwan's local newspapers after the arrival of a daily tabloid-type newspaper, Apple Daily (AD), and evaluate the impact of suicide news reporting on actual suicides and possible mutual causation. Methods: A counting process was used to estimate the intensity of daily suicide news items reported in the China Times (CT) and United Daily (UD) before and after the arrival of AD (2002-05). Poisson regression models were used to assess the impact of the intensity of suicide news reporting on the actual number of next day suicides. Granger's causation model was used to assess mutual causation between suicide news reporting and actual suicides. Results: There was a significant increase in reporting intensity of suicide news in the UD soon after the entry of the AD into Taiwan's media market, while a delayed increase of approximately 1 year was observed in the CT. After the arrival of the AD, the reporting intensity in the UD was significantly related to the occurrence of actual suicides (p<0.05), even after controlling for social variables, whereas no significant correlation was previously observed. Mutual causation between suicide news reporting and actual suicides was also observed. Conclusions: The presence of the AD in Taiwan has fuelled competitive reporting of suicide news among traditional newspapers. This increase in the intensity of suicide news reporting has consequently had an impact on the actual number of suicides. This provides further empirical support for improving media reporting as a key element in suicide prevention.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172272
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dc.contributor.authorChen, YYen_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Fen_US
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:21:06Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:21:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2011, v. 65 n. 10, p. 934-940en_US
dc.identifier.issn0143-005Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172272-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: To assess changes in the intensity of suicide news reporting in Taiwan's local newspapers after the arrival of a daily tabloid-type newspaper, Apple Daily (AD), and evaluate the impact of suicide news reporting on actual suicides and possible mutual causation. Methods: A counting process was used to estimate the intensity of daily suicide news items reported in the China Times (CT) and United Daily (UD) before and after the arrival of AD (2002-05). Poisson regression models were used to assess the impact of the intensity of suicide news reporting on the actual number of next day suicides. Granger's causation model was used to assess mutual causation between suicide news reporting and actual suicides. Results: There was a significant increase in reporting intensity of suicide news in the UD soon after the entry of the AD into Taiwan's media market, while a delayed increase of approximately 1 year was observed in the CT. After the arrival of the AD, the reporting intensity in the UD was significantly related to the occurrence of actual suicides (p<0.05), even after controlling for social variables, whereas no significant correlation was previously observed. Mutual causation between suicide news reporting and actual suicides was also observed. Conclusions: The presence of the AD in Taiwan has fuelled competitive reporting of suicide news among traditional newspapers. This increase in the intensity of suicide news reporting has consequently had an impact on the actual number of suicides. This provides further empirical support for improving media reporting as a key element in suicide prevention.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Epidemiology and Community Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshBibliometricsen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshMass Mediaen_US
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshSuicide - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshTaiwan - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.titleThe impact of media reporting of suicide on actual suicides in Taiwan, 2002-05en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityYip, PSF=rp00596en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jech.2010.117903en_US
dc.identifier.pmid21134908-
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dc.identifier.volume65en_US
dc.identifier.issue10en_US
dc.identifier.spage934en_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridChen, F=7404908162en_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridYip, PSF=7102503720en_US

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