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Title: Suicide communications on Facebook as a source of information in suicide research : a case study
Authors: Wong, PWC
Wong, GKH
Li, TMH 
Keywords: Suicide
Case study
Hong Kong
Secret suicide group
Non-engaged youth
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Tyumen State Medical Acad
Source: Suicidology, 2017, v. 8 How to cite?
Journal: Suicidology 
Abstract: Social networking sites such as Facebook, have become one of the major platforms for global communication and information exchange. This modern many-to-many communication pattern has raised concerns for suicide prevention professionals that a variation of the Werther effect and cybersuicide can increase youth suicides. However, the positive aspects of social networking sites in suicide prevention are less discussed. This case study illustrates how social media and online communications can reflect and even impact the suicidal behavior of a young Chinese girl. The case and related materials were identified from the Coroner's Court file in Hong Kong. The girl's suicide notes, diary, online communications in a pro-suicide group on Facebook, and browsing history in her computer were investigated for potential violation of the Hong Kong Ordinance. This case study sheds light on the practicability of using suicide communications posted on social media and browsing history as a data source to enhance the understanding of young people's suicide.
ISSN: 2224-1264
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