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Persona y Bioética

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SUAREZ, Estefanía et al. Journalistic Coverage of Suicide: Could there be a risk of causing a negative impact on susceptible persons?. pers.bioét. [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.1, pp.151-160. ISSN 0123-3122.

The article attempts to verify that inappropriate use of information provided by the media can increase risks for persons who are susceptible to mental illness. The impact of Colombian news in 2014 (national and regional) related to the word suicide was studied to that end. The news was analyzed subsequently through a survey with eight questions applied by two members of the group who had been trained to conduct the study. The idea was to delve deeper and to see the effect of the media and its stigmatization. Nowadays, adolescents are more exposed to situations in which their mood can be affected by improper use of the media, bearing in mind that the worst outcome would be that it leads to suicidal behavior.

Keywords : Suicide; teens; media; depression; copycat effect Papageno effect.

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