The Impact of Fictional Television Stories on U.S. Adult Fatalities: New Evidence on the Effect of the Mass Media on Violence

@article{Phillips1982TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Fictional Television Stories on U.S. Adult Fatalities: New Evidence on the Effect of the Mass Media on Violence},
  author={D. Phillips},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1982},
  volume={87},
  pages={1340 - 1359}
}
  • D. Phillips
  • Published 1982
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • American Journal of Sociology
This paper present the first systematic evidence that violent, finctional television stories trigger imitative deaths and near-fatal accidents in the Unites States. In 1977, suicides, motor vehicle deaths, and nonfatal accidents all rose immediately following soap opera suicide stories. The U.S. female suicide increased proportionally more than male suicides. Single-vehicle crashes increased more than multiplevehicle crashes. All of these increases are statiscally significant and persist after… Expand

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