Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 269–273

A reanalysis of the impact of non celebrity suicides

A research note
  • S. Stack

DOI: 10.1007/BF00788648

Cite this article as:
Stack, S. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1990) 25: 269. doi:10.1007/BF00788648


Previous work on suicide and the media has neglected theoretical issues. Some work has implied that only celebrity suicides can be expected to trigger additional suicides in the real world. The present study focuses on non celebrity suicides. Correcting coding errors in a previous work, it finds that the suicides of non celebrities are associated with increases in the national suicide rate. An index of publicized celebrity suicide stories was, however, more closely associated to increases in suicide than the publicized non celebrity stories. The model explains 90 percent of the variance in monthly suicide rates.

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Stack
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA