A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of suicide

Jane Pirkis, Warwick BLOOD, Cathy Joanne FRANCIS, Kerry MCCALLUM

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Abstract

This report reviews studies of the portrayal of suicide in television drama & films & its potential consequences. The literature on the impact of fictional on-screen suicides on actual suicidal behaviour is equivocal but provides some support for an imitation effect. The majority of studies have demonstrated completed & attempted suicide rates show unexpected rises after such screenings, or have mixed results, but some have found no evidence of any effect. The impact of video footage of fictional suicidal characters on attitudes & opinions regarding suicide produces contradictory findings. Further research is warranted
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Health and Aged Care
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Pirkis, J., BLOOD, W., FRANCIS, C. J., & MCCALLUM, K. (2005). A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of suicide. Australia: University of Melbourne.