[Air-l] Information about online suicide pacts

Ronald E. Rice rrice at comm.ucsb.edu
Tue Jan 16 15:44:32 PST 2007

Not precisely what you asked for, but this chapter does have a section on 
suicide forums: Kral, G. (2006). Online communities for mutual help: Fears, 
fiction, and facts. In Murero, M. & Rice, R.E. (Eds.), The Internet and 
health care: Theory, research and practice.  (Chapter 11, pp. 215-232). 
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Ronald E. Rice
Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication
Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media
President of the International Communication Association
Fulbright Professor, Finland 2006
Dept. of  Communication, 4840 Ellison Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4020
Ph: 805-893-8696; Fax: 805-893-7102
rrice at comm.ucsb.edu
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher Helland" <c_hella at yahoo.com>
To: <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 3:31 PM
Subject: [Air-l] Information about online suicide pacts

> I'm wondering if anyone knows of any studies or ongoing research 
> concerning online suicide pacts in Japan.  The suicide rate in Japan is 
> almost 20 times higher than their murder rate (one of the highest in the 
> world)--and there appears to be "a frightening increase in the number of 
> group suicides arranged over
> the Internet through chat rooms dedicated to discussing suicide."
> Any help researching this topic would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> Chris Helland
> Christopher Helland, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor, Sociology of Religion
> Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
> Dalhousie University
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