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Problems posed by the Werther effect as a ‘net effect’: a comment on recent scholarly work on the effects of 13 Reasons Why

  • Florian Arendt (a1) and Daniel Romer (a2)

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Recent research estimated that an additional 195 suicides among 10- to 17-year-old youths occurred following the release of the television series 13 Reasons Why. There is an underrecognised aspect in this line of research that this effect represents a net effect based on different possible underlying patterns (e.g. +195/−0 or +395/−200).

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Correspondence: Florian Arendt, Währinger Straße 29, 1090 Vienna, Austria. Email: florian.arendt@univie.ac.at

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Both authors contributed equally to this commentary.

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2Bridge, J, Greenhouse, JB, Ruch, D, Stevens, J, Ackerman, J, Sheftall, A, et al. Association between the release of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and suicide rates in the United States: an interrupted times series analysis. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2019; 28 Apr (doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2019.04.020).
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Problems posed by the Werther effect as a ‘net effect’: a comment on recent scholarly work on the effects of 13 Reasons Why

  • Florian Arendt (a1) and Daniel Romer (a2)

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Problems posed by the Werther effect as a ‘net effect’: a comment on recent scholarly work on the effects of 13 Reasons Why

  • Florian Arendt (a1) and Daniel Romer (a2)
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