One Less Reason Why: Viewing of Suicide-Themed Fictional Media is Associated with Lower Depressive Symptoms in Youth

@article{Ferguson2021OneLR,
  title={One Less Reason Why: Viewing of Suicide-Themed Fictional Media is Associated with Lower Depressive Symptoms in Youth},
  author={C. Ferguson},
  journal={Mass Communication and Society},
  year={2021},
  volume={24},
  pages={85 - 105}
}
  • C. Ferguson
  • Published 2021
  • Psychology
  • Mass Communication and Society
ABSTRACT Concerns about whether fictional media can have a contagion effect on youth viewers have been debated for several decades. In the 1980s these led to several lawsuits featuring heavy metal acts as defendants. More recently, concerns have been renewed following the popular television show 13 Reasons Why which depicts an adolescent girl’s suicide. The current study examines these concerns in a survey study of 174 youth and their caregivers. Results indicated that, contrary to concerns… Expand

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