Open Access, Peer-reviewed

ISSN 2005-7571 (Online)
Volume 27, Number 1 (1/2020)
Original Article <page. 9-17 >
DOI : 10.22857/kjbp.2020.27.1.002

A Study of Attitudes Toward Suicide Report among Individuals with and without Suicidal Thoughts and Suicide Attempts

Kyoung-Nam Koh, MD1;Sang-Uk Lee, PhD2; and Jong-Ik Park, MD3;

1;Department of Psychiatry, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, 2;Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, 3;Department of Psychiatry, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea

Objectives : The purpose of this study is to investigate the interest level, perception and attitude of suicide high-risk group toward the media's suicide report, and also to provide the fundamental data in order to strengthen both the standard and the recommendation of media coverage in Korea.

Methods : We analyzed the data from the 2013 The Korea National Suicide Survey. The study included 1500 participants aged between 19 and 75 years. The participants were selected through the regional multi-layer stratification method using the sampling frame of the 2010 Census. One-on-one face-to-face interviews investigated the interest level, opinions, and attitudes toward suicide reports and collected data on past suicide history and demographic data. The collected data were evaluated using multiple logistic regression analysis. A probability level of p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results : The suicide high risk groups with histories of suicidal ideations or attempts showed more interest in suicidal reports [suicidal thought odds ratio (OR) = 1.81, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.40-2.34 ; suicidal attempt OR = 3.21, 95% Cl = 1.52-6.78]. However, there was no difference among the groups in thought that suicide reports incite suicide (suicidal thought OR = 1.26, 95% Cl = 0.92-1.73 ; suicidal attempt OR = 0.96, 95% Cl = 0.44-2.09). The suicide high risk groups showed a positive attitude toward suicide reports, but it was not statistically significant (suicidal thought OR = 1.10, 95% Cl = 0.41-2.92 ; suicidal attempt OR = 1.10, 95% Cl = 0.76-1.59).

Conclusions : We suggest the need of careful attitude of media suicidal reports not to bring about copycat suicides. and also we offer suicide prevention campaign based on media leverage.

Key words : Suicide;Media;Suicidal thoughts;Suicide attempts;Attitudes.


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