Report: Suicides In Movies Tripled From 1950-2006

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A movie analysis shows depictions of explicit and graphic suicides tripled from 1950 to 2006.

An analysis by Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center of 855 top box office films also says there’s no difference between PG-13- and R-rated films in the most explicit portrayals of suicide.

The study was released Tuesday. It’s published in the August issue of Archives of Suicide Research.

Researchers looked at suicidal behavior explicitness in the top 30 U.S. movies for each year. Lead author Patrick Jamieson says the researchers can’t establish a definite link but the tripling of U.S. teen suicides since 1960 has coincided with the increase in movie suicide portrayals.

He also says exposure to movie suicides has been found to correlate with thinking there’s no effective treatment for mental health problems.

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  1. Mike says:

    Unlike all of the other living creatures on earth, man is able to contemplate his own existence and ponder the future, and whether there is life beyond the grave. For those who do not believe in God, hope is greatly diminished and life has no more meaning than to cram as much pleasure and material gain into whatever their years allow.

    “If chance be the Father of all flesh,
    disaster is his rainbow in the sky.
    And when you hear,
    “State of Emergency!
    Sniper Kills Ten!
    Troops on Rampage!
    Youths go Looting! Bomb Blasts School!”
    It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker.”

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