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Article: The effects of a celebrity suicide on suicide rates in Hong Kong

TitleThe effects of a celebrity suicide on suicide rates in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsCelebrity death
Hong Kong SAR
Imitation
Media
Suicide
Issue Date2006
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jad
Citation
Journal Of Affective Disorders, 2006, v. 93 n. 1-3, p. 245-252 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Deaths of celebrities, especially by suicide, can be followed by an increase in population suicide rates, particularly where there is extensive media reporting. We have examined the impact on suicides following the death of a famous Hong Kong pop singer whose death from suicide by jumping from a height, occurred on 1st April 2003, and resulted in extensive and often dramatic media coverage. Methods: Data on suicides were obtained from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department and the Coroner's Court. The numbers of suicides in 2003 before and after the death of celebrity were compared to the same period in 1998-2002. The case files and suicide notes of people who died by suicide in 2003 were also studied qualitatively. Results: There was a significant increase in suicides following the celebrity death, compared with the average over the preceding three months as well as the corresponding monthly average during 1998-2002. It was particularly marked in a subgroup comprising males, aged 25-39 years, many of whom died by jumping. The name of the celebrity was often mentioned in case files and suicide notes. Limitations: The statistical results in showing the excess of suicides were based on aggregated data only. Conclusions: This study provides further confirmation of the potential harmful consequences of sensational and excessive reporting of celebrity deaths. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87786
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.57
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.927
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dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYang, KCTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorIp, BYTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChen, EYHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, DTSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLaw, FYWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHawton, Ken_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:34:25Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:34:25Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Affective Disorders, 2006, v. 93 n. 1-3, p. 245-252en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0165-0327en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87786-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Deaths of celebrities, especially by suicide, can be followed by an increase in population suicide rates, particularly where there is extensive media reporting. We have examined the impact on suicides following the death of a famous Hong Kong pop singer whose death from suicide by jumping from a height, occurred on 1st April 2003, and resulted in extensive and often dramatic media coverage. Methods: Data on suicides were obtained from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department and the Coroner's Court. The numbers of suicides in 2003 before and after the death of celebrity were compared to the same period in 1998-2002. The case files and suicide notes of people who died by suicide in 2003 were also studied qualitatively. Results: There was a significant increase in suicides following the celebrity death, compared with the average over the preceding three months as well as the corresponding monthly average during 1998-2002. It was particularly marked in a subgroup comprising males, aged 25-39 years, many of whom died by jumping. The name of the celebrity was often mentioned in case files and suicide notes. Limitations: The statistical results in showing the excess of suicides were based on aggregated data only. Conclusions: This study provides further confirmation of the potential harmful consequences of sensational and excessive reporting of celebrity deaths. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jaden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Affective Disordersen_HK
dc.rightsJournal of Affective Disorders. Copyright © Elsevier BV.en_HK
dc.subjectCelebrity deathen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kong SARen_HK
dc.subjectImitationen_HK
dc.subjectMediaen_HK
dc.subjectSuicideen_HK
dc.titleThe effects of a celebrity suicide on suicide rates in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0165-0327&volume=93&issue=1-3&spage=245&epage=52&date=2006&atitle=The+effects+of+a+celebrity+suicide+on+suicide+rates+in+Hong+Kong.en_HK
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jad.2006.03.015en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid16697047-
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