Journal article

Association of Increased Youth Suicides in the United States With the Release of 13 Reasons Why

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Steven Stack, Benedikt Till, Mark Sinyor, Jane Pirkis, David Garcia, Ian RH Rockett, Ulrich S Tran

JAMA Psychiatry | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Importance: On March 31, 2017, Netflix released the show 13 Reasons Why, sparking immediate criticism from suicide prevention organizations for not following media recommendations for responsible suicide portrayal and for possible suicide contagion by media. To date, little research has been conducted into the associations between the show and suicide counts among its young target audience. Objective: To analyze the changes in suicide counts after the release of 13 Reasons Why. Design, Setting, and Participants: For this time series analysis, monthly suicide data for the age groups 10 to 19 years, 20 to 29 years, and 30 years or older for both US males and females from January 1, 1999, to De..

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Grants

Awarded by Vienna Science and Technology Fund


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by grant VRG16-005 from the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (Dr Garcia).