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Celebrity suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicides in Australia?

This national correlational research considered suicide in young people for the five years prior to Kurt Cobain’s death comparing to the few weeks after his suicide. There appeared to be a reduction in suicides, and we had the temerity to suggest “Courtney Love’s comments may not have contributed to responsible media portrayal, but the question has to be raised whether Nirvana fans may have been deterred from suicide by her denigration of Cobain’s act.”

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Martin, G. & Koo, L., 1997. Celebrity Suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicide in Australia? Archives of Suicide Research, 3:3, 187-198.

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The influence of television suicide in a normal adolescent population

This cross-sectional study investigated the possible impact of exposure to television suicide on normal adolescents. Students (mean age 14.2 years) from 3 high schools completed a questionnaire on television habits, common television life events, the Youth Self-Report Scale, the Brief Adolescent Risk-Taking Scale and a brief Substance Use Scale.

Students claiming more than two exposures to television suicide took more risks and substances, watched more videos, denied being upset by television, had a history of suicide attempt, knew more of suicide in the community, and had higher depression scores.

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Martin, G., 1996. The Influence of Television Suicide in a Normal Adolescent Population. Archives of Suicide Research, 2:2, 103-117.

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Media influence to suicide: The search for solutions

This paper was an early synthesis of what we know about Media Influences in Suicide. It raised the specific issue of how we could use this knowledge to prevent copycat suicides after a high profile suicide, based on the experience of Kurt Cobain and his partner Courtney Love.

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Martin G., 1998.  Media Influence to Suicide; the search for solutions.  Archives of Suicide Research, 4:1,1-12.

 

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Celebrity suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicides in Australia?

Further to a Newsweek article to mark the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, this paper is offered as a free download. The research examines whether the death of Kurt Cobain had an impact on suicides in Australia? Apparently it did not – which goes against our understanding of the impact of high profile suicide. Reasons for this are examined

Download here: CelebSuiCobain

Martin, G. & Koo, L., 1997. Celebrity Suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicide in Australia?  Archives of Suicide Research, 3:3, 187-198.
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