Table 1

Bivariate associationsa between ‘basic item characteristics’ and post-report changes in suicide rates

Codes and subcodes n % raP
a. Point-biserial correlation was used for dichotomous variables; Pearson correlation for continuous variables. All tests two-tailed.
b. Continuous variable. All others: categorical variables, dummy-coded: presence (1) versus absence (0) of the item characteristic.
Quantity of reporting
     Repetitive reportingb 0.12 0.01
     Density of reportingb 0.03 0.46
Main focus
     Completed suicide 234 47.0 0.001 0.98
     Attempted suicide 44 8.9 0.02 0.68
     Homicide suicide 95 19.1 – 0.02 0.66
     Suicidal ideation 26 5.2 – 0.15 0.001
     Prevention programme 31 6.2 0.09 0.06
     Suicide research 26 5.2 0.12 0.01
Reported method
     Hanging 52 10.4 – 0.08 0.07
     Jumping 59 11.8 0.15 0.001
     Shooting 79 15.9 – 0.05 0.28
     Drowning 20 4.0 0.005 0.91
     Poisoning 41 8.2 0.05 0.24
     Other method 41 8.2 0.005 0.91
Prominence
     Front page 16 3.2 0.05 0.28
     Fictionality: content fictional 22 4.4 – 0.03 0.56