SOCA01H3 Study Guide - Traffic Collision, Copycat Suicide, Anomie

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26 Nov 2010

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Suicide, motor vehicle fatalities, and the mass media: evidence toward a theory of suggestion: Key ideas this article presents: suggestion affects behaviour which was previously thought to be unaffected by it, different types of publicized stories exert different types of effect, publicized stories affect some types of people more than others. The werther effect: phenomenon that concluding that suicides increase after a publicized suicide story because some persons are imitating the publicized suicide. Note: skip ahead to the main idea for the sections explained in simpler terms (highly recommended!). The chart at the bottom summarizes a good chunk of the notes. The effect of suggestion on drivers in motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents linked to having a suicidal component. If so, they should behave like suicides and increase very noticeably just after publicized suicide stories. " hypothesis: publicized suicide stories help to stimulate a brief increase in motor vehicle fatalities. Technique used to detect increase of motor vehicle deaths:

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