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Copycat Suicide Induced by Entertainment Celebrity Suicides in South Korea

Authors
 Soo Ah Jang  ;  Ji Min Sung  ;  Jin Young Park  ;  Woo Taek Jeon 
Citation
 PSYCHIATRY INVESTIGATION, Vol.13(1) : 74-81, 2016 
Journal Title
 PSYCHIATRY INVESTIGATION 
ISSN
 1738-3684 
Issue Date
2016
Keywords
Imitative behavior ; Mass media ; Republic of Korea ; Risk factors ; Suicide
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Throughout the past several years, there have been a number of entertainment celebrity suicides in South Korea. The aim of this study was to investigate the clustering of suicides following celebrities' suicides in South Korea from 2005 to 2008, particularly according to certain characteristics. METHODS: Seven celebrity suicides were examined and defined using the Korean Integrated Newspaper Database System (KINDS) and from these, we considered four affected periods occurring 28 days after each celebrity's suicide. A Poisson time-series autoregression model was used to estimate the relative risk of the total suicide number for each affected period from 2005 to 2008. Logistic regression analysis was performed to investigate whether there were specific increases in the numbers of suicides in subgroups matching each celebrity. RESULTS: There were significant increases in the risk of suicide during the affected periods. Remarkable increases were found in the subgroups matching each celebrity, especially in the group in which all factors (sex, age, and method) were similar. CONCLUSION: This study provides confirmation that a significant copycat effect was induced by these celebrities' suicides, especially among people who identified more with the celebrities. This implies that countermeasures for upright media coverage of celebrity suicides should be discussed and practiced properly in South Korea.
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DOI
10.4306/pi.2016.13.1.74
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Psychiatry (정신과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Medical Education (의학교육학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Jang, Soo Ah(장수아)
Jeon, Woo Taek(전우택) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9213-6057
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/146612
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