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Newspaper Coverage Linked with Youth Suicide Clusters
May 2, 2014

"Suicidal behavior is complex. It's not going to be just one thing," and coverage is likely to affect only youths who already are vulnerable, says lead author Madelyn Gould, a suicide prevention researcher with the New York State Psychiatric Institute. But previous studies suggest printed newspaper stories, possibly because of their length and staying power, have a greater impact than TV stories. A study from 2011 found teens still were more likely to read about suicides in newspapers than online, Gould says.

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