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., 2003).
Since the familicides were widely covered in contemporary newspapers (as well as in pamphlets and broadsides), it is certainly possible that the small clusters of cases during the 1780s, 1800s, and 1830s represent early variants of the so-called "Werther effect," noted by modern criminologists, whereby violent deaths increase in the aftermath of highly-publicized suicides or murder-suicides.
They include things like financial loss and ruin, emotional or relationship break-ups including divorce, stressful live events, access to means, celebrity or wide media coverage of a recent suicide leading to copy-cat imitations or 'Werther effect' e.t.c.