Reading Disorders: Online Suicide and the Death of Hope

@article{Ferreday2010ReadingDO,
  title={Reading Disorders: Online Suicide and the Death of Hope},
  author={Debra Ferreday},
  journal={Journal for Cultural Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={14},
  pages={409 - 426}
}
  • Debra Ferreday
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • Psychology
  • Journal for Cultural Research
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