A popular term for an increase in suicide rates that (1) follow media coverage of suicide(s); or (2) are inspired by reading about others’ suicides; or (3) are linked to a friend or family member who committed suicide.
Public health An ↑ suicide rate linked to media coverage of suicide(s), or which occurs in persons 'inspired' by reading about or having had a close relationship with a 'successful' suicide
Il est important de noter que malgre la recherche considerable faite sur le << Werther effect >>, les etudes sur le << suicide modeling >> n'ont jamais mis en evidence comment l'exposition a un suicide factuel ou des representations fictives du suicide pouvaient causer des comportements suicidaires (Rustad et al.
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