Do Suicide Websites Really Encourage Suicide? Content Analysis of Postings to a Japanese Suicide Website

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The main aim of this research is to reveal the function of suicide websites by examining the language used by individuals to describe their feelings and communicate in a social environment. Content analysis of seven message boards from a suicide website revealed that the central topic was self-disclosure through communication with others and not death images arising from suicidal intentions. From this research it became clear that suicide websites function in the same manner as self-help groups in the physical world and were not sufficiently biased towards suicide to justify internet regulations at the present time.


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