Media reports on suicide in the major dailies of Lithuania in 1994 and 1996
Danutė Gailienė
Jelena Trofimova
Published 1999-01-01


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Gailienė D., & Trofimova J. (1999). Media reports on suicide in the major dailies of Lithuania in 1994 and 1996. Psichologija, 19, 56-70.


The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of issuing guidelines for suicide reporting on the actual practice of reporting in three main dailies of Lithuania. In 1994 we conducted 12 months survey of suicide reporting in “Lietuvos rytas”, “Lietuvos aidas” and “Respublika”. In 1995 the results were presented in written guidelines for suicide reporting and in the seminars for journalists. Following this intervention, a second, identical evaluation of suicide reporting covering three major dailies was carried out during the year 1996. The main variables on form, content and style of the newspaper reports before and after the intervention were compared (588 reports). In 1996 1,7 times more publications on suicide were published. Positive and negative changes in the quality of reporting were found in the second period of analysis. It is possible that the results were affected not only by the action of suicidologists, but also by the political action of one of the deputies of Lithuanian Seimas, who declared the intention to burn himself. This aroused a rather hot reaction in the society and in the newspapers.


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