Table 2

Differences between mean reductions in teenage suicides for stories with and without dangerous characteristics (corrected for the amount of publicity accorded each story) (n=32 televised stories)8

Story characteristict testProbability
No motive stated v motive stated1.410.17
Method reported v method not reported−0.840.42
Photo of model v no photo of model−1.290.21
No mention family/friends v mention of family/friends−1.400.26
“Definite suicide” v apparent suicide−1.210.24