psychological autopsy


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A procedure for investigating a person's death by reconstructing what the person thought, felt, and did before death, based on information gathered from personal documents, police reports, medical and coroner's records, and face-to-face interviews with families, friends, and others who had contact with the person before the death

psychological autopsy

Psychiatry An autopsy that analyzes the cause(s) of death, examining the body and the circumstances–natural or unnatural that led to death; in the 'usual' death, a person suffers from a known set of morbid condition(s) and dies as a natural consequence of the terminal progression of those conditions; in 'unnatural' death–eg, homicide or suicide, determination of nosology is more difficult and requires analysis of circumstances preceding death; a PA focuses on the decedent's intentions relating to his own death, especially suicide

psychological autopsy

An attempt to determine what, if any, emotional or psychological factors caused or contributed to an individual's suicide.
See also: autopsy
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(19) Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Study Methodology Freuchen e Case-control psychological autopsy. Groholt (33) Freuchen et al.
Mental Disorders and Suicide Among Young Rural Chinese: A Case-Control Psychological Autopsy Study.
This enormous difference in the findings of autopsy studies between the West and East can only be explained by one or both of the following: 1) the psychological autopsy method is flawed and results cannot be accepted, or 2) the triggers for suicide are different between the East and West.
The prevalence of any psychiatric illness among suicide decedents varied based on the source of the data: psychological autopsy studies reported a 34% prevalence of mental disorders in suicide decedents, case series studies reported a prevalence of 24% and studies based on police records reported a prevalence ranging from 5 to 25%.
R., 1994, Age differences in the personality characteristics of suicide completers : preliminary findings from a psychological autopsy study, Psychiatry, 57, 213-24.
AAS will examine existing Marine Corps and Department of Defense data, and will gather additional data using the psychological autopsy interview - a gold-standard method for suicide investigation.
Sex and ethnic differences among South Tirolean suicides: a psychological autopsy study.
Police Lieutenant Amy Tang asks Doctor Jo Beckett to run a psychological autopsy on the dead singer to discover her state of mind in the days before her death.
Her topics include the history and purpose of criminal profiling, psychological autopsy and victimilogy, varieties of deviance, negotiations, the mass market and the culture of serial murder, profiling abroad, and the new generation.
And Frost performed a psychological autopsy on Nixon that still resonates today.
Also included are new chapters on special education, cultural competence, youth violence, psychiatric malpractice and professional liability, and psychological autopsy, and a newly written chapter on the Internet.
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