cluster suicides

A chain of completed suicides, usually among adolescents, in a discrete period of time and area, which have a ‘contagious’ element

cluster suicides

Psychiatry Multiple suicides, usually among adolescents, in a circumscribed period of time and area, which have a 'contagious' element. See Suicide.
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Cluster suicides are a result of contagion (sometimes referred to as copycat), and approximately 1 percent to 5 percent of teenage suicides occur in clusters (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1988; Hazell 1993; see Gaines 1991 for an account of precipitating suicides to a cluster of teenage suicides).
Cluster suicides can be exacerbated by the way the media reports the deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1994; Moskos et al.
Research into the phenomenon of cluster suicides could help explain such tragedies-and offer ideas for preventing others.