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J Health Info Stat 2012;37(1):22-31.
유명인의 자살이 일반 대중의 자살 시도에 미치는 영향
권정훈 , 이재훈 , 윤영현
The Revealed Influence of Celebrities` Suicide on an Attempted Suicide of the Public
Cheong Hoon Kwon , Jae Hoon Lee , Young Hyun Yun
Suicide is one of the important causes of death. We suppose that celebrity suicide could affect the that of population. The main object of this article is to document the effects of the media coverage following the suicide of a well-known actress and politician.
From october 2007 to september 2009, we analysed suicide rate, onset time, severity of suicide attempters or intentional self-harm patients (total 1,059 persons) visited four EDs in Busan after famous person`s death (A and B).
After A`s suicide, suicide rate has been increased (1.35% vs 2.02%, p=0.00), after B`s death, suicide rate also has been increased (1.35 vs 1.92, p=0.00). After B`s case, proportion of admitting patients has been increased (42.2% vs 48.3%) and number of patients admitting ICU has been increased (13.2% vs 24.6%, p=0.03).
Media should care about this results when they report suicide of famous person and we should plan for appropriate treatment and go on with study and education for suicide prevention.
Key words: Suicide, Famous person, Mass media
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