Investigating Harmful and Helpful Effects of Watching Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why: Results of a Two-Wave U.S. Panel Survey

Despite its controversial release, the Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why has had measured success, even prompting Netflix to release a second season. In an effort to discover whether concerns that Thirteen Reasons Why would encourage harmful behavior among teenagers were warranted, a team including PISC Senior Scholar Dan Romer conducted a study. The study involved a two-wave panel of US young adults who completed surveys both before and after the release of the show's second season -- it found that viewers who stopped watching the second season exhibited greater suicide risk, but students who watched the entire second season reported declines in suicide ideation and self-harm relative to those who did not watch the show at all.



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