A new study from the University of Michigan stated that popular and controversial Netflix show ’13 reasons why’ could influence teens who are considering suicide.
The Netflix show is an adaption of the 2007 Jay Asher Young adult Novel of the same name. It tells the story of the 17 years old Hannah Baker And the aftermath of her suicide. Hannah left behind the series of audiotapes. She has recorded before her death. Involving people she said were the reason why she chose to end her life.
’13 Reason why’ could Influence Suicidal Teens
When the show released on Netflix last year, it was criticized for its on-screen portion of suicide and overall tone of the series. Catholic leader requested extreme caution regarding the show and suicide awareness voices of education.
The show’s second season which was released in may be shown with a disclaimer that instructed younger viewers to watch the show with an adult. And ask for help if they had suicidal thoughts.
According to resources suicidal teenagers aged 13 to 17 who were taken to the emergency department. As part of the survey, teens were asked 44 questions related to the show, including who they watched it with.
And how they were influenced by its story. If a person reported that they had not previously heard of the show, they were not asked any more questions in order to avoid drawing attention to the series.
From the 87 people surveyed, 43 of them said that they had watched at last one episode of the show. While of those who had watched the show, 21 of them said they believe it increased their suicide risk.
Although Netflix encouraged teens to watch the show with an adult. The University of Michigan study showed that very few parents had actually watched the show. While some did not know their children were watching.
The study showed that 84 percent of those who watched the show had watched it alone. And they were more likely to discuss the program with their peers, instead of their parents.
Teens who strongly get close to the character of the Hannah baker were more likely to say that show increase their risk of attempting suicide.
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